DBS Leoch powers electric narrowboat

DBS Leoch has supplied batteries for Mothership Marine Photo: DBS Leoch DBS Leoch has supplied batteries for Mothership Marine Photo: DBS Leoch
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UK battery company, DBS Leoch, has supplied 24 2V lead carbon batteries to Mothership Marine to store energy for its new solar electric narrowboat.

The ten solar panels onboard the 57ft Shine narrowboat can provide up to 1.89kW of power per hour which is stored in the 28.8kW bank of batteries supported by the DBS Leoch batteries.


Henry James, DBS Leoch MD said that electric power is an innovative technology for the UK marine sector. "Mothership Marine’s brilliantly-designed solar electric and hybrid narrowboat is leading the way and we’re delighted that Mothership Marine has chosen our range of Lead Carbon batteries to power the narrowboat aptly named Shine,” he said.

The Mothership solar electric narrowboat is a purpose-built solar powered boat with a 10kW electric motor and 6kW back-up generator. The boat incudes upcycled timber throughout and William Morris-inspired interior designs.

Tim Knox, founder of Mothership Marine added: “We are delighted with the finished boat, which travelled five days from Oundle to the Crick Boat show, purely under the power supplied by the solar panels and through the lead carbon batteries.”

DBS Leoch’s lead carbon batteries are 98% recyclable and said to extend battery life up to 15-20 years (based on daily cycling). The LRC has a deep cycle capability of 4,000 cycles at 60% depth of discharge. Enhanced performance is achieved by the addition of carbon that reduces sulphation caused by partial state of charge.

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