Porto Novo, Aug 14 (Inforpress) – The fishing communities of Tarrafal and Monte Trigo, in Porto Novo, in Santo Antão, hosted the presentation of the pilot project on the use of electric propulsion systems in small fishing boats.
The initiative is from the Ministry of Maritime Economy, which sent a team to Tarrafal and Monte Trigo to present the project to local fishermen, whose objective is to promote the use of electric propulsion in boats, aiming at poverty reduction, through the use of renewable energy.
The electric propulsion technology, with more than 20 years of use, consists of an outboard electric motor that is driven by a group of batteries charged with photovoltaic panels, according to a project document to which Inforpress had access. Batteries can be charged from a renewable energy source, ie without operating fuel costs.
The project will be carried out in wooden boats supplied by fishermen from different fishing villages, where the intention is to “disseminate” electric propulsion technology, the document says. After the demonstrations on the various islands, the equipment, which belongs to the Ministry of Maritime Economy, must subsequently be offered or sold to local fishing associations engaged in environmental promotion.