Ribcraft for a More Sustainable Future
British manufacturer Ribcraft has announced several steps it has taken to reduce its carbon footprint and overall environmental impact.
The brand new Ribcraft Hybrid Patrol RHIB is one of the first of its kind in the world to feature new technology which switches seamlessly between an electric motor and a diesel engine. The -high-performance RIB is powered by twin Volvo Penta D4-270A diesel engines, paired up with twin Transfluid hybrid module HM560 and reflects Ribcraft’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
The RIB itself is a Ribcraft 9.0m PRO enclosed GRP Wheelhouse featuring the signature reinforced deep V hull and multi-chambered heavy-duty Hypalon tubes. Configuration comprises six shock mitigation seats to provide increased comfort for the crew, reinforced glazed windows with full wiper system, rooftop access hatch and complete interior lighting system. The custom-built console has a full electronics package including Raymarine Axiom Pro 12” Hybrid touch multi-function display with integrated high CHIRP conical sonar, radar, VHF radio and weather station.
HOW THE HYBRID SYSTEM WORKS?
The hybrid system architecture incorporates a clutch and transmission that enables the vessel to operate in an electric-only mode for completely emission free and silent running, in an engine-only mode in which the diesel propels the vessel while also charging the batteries, or in a combination ‘booster’ mode with the battery-driven electric motor and diesel engine both driving the shaft for maximum thrust for manoeuvring.
The three operational modes enable the boat operator to use a smaller, less expensive and economical diesel engine that yields substantial savings in fuel consumptions and longer maintenance intervals for the diesel engine without sacrificing performance. It also provides more flexibility for boats operating in and out of environmentally protected areas while delivering improved working conditions for the crew with no diesel fumes and no noise when operating in an electric mode. The DNV-GL approved lithium battery can also be charged from a shore power connection.
Key features of Ribcraft 9.0 Hybrid PRO on trials:
✓Ribcraft’s signature solid
heavy-duty deep V hull;
✓ Heavy-duty commercial grade Hypalon inflatable tubes;
✓ LOA: 9.0m;
✓ Beam: 3.0m;
✓ Fully enclosed GRP wheelhouse;
✓ Complete range of
navigation and communication equipment;
✓ Twin Volvo Penta D4-270A
with DHP sterndrive;
✓ Twin Transfluid hybrid
module HM560 with DNV approved batteries.
Test report data of Ribcraft 9.0 Hybrid PRO on trials:
✓ 6 knots in full electric mode. Zero noise. Zero fumes. Zero emissions.
✓ 42 knots in diesel mode.
More information on the Ribcraft Hybrid range please contact your Ribcraft Representative.