1) When will DeepSpeed jets be available on the market?
Our jets are currently being tested in the water. The whole of 2021 will be dedicated to carrying out tests in partnership with the CNR and with some selected partner shipyards, which will install DeepSpeed technology on hulls currently on the market. Commercialization is expected from the beginning of 2022.
2) What kind of boat can be equipped with DeepSpeed technology?
In this startup phase, the target audience is medium to high-end pleasure boating of a length between 12 and 24 meters. However, we are also working on different projects, ranging from the world of racing to that of commercial and passenger transport.
3) I am a shipyard, and I would like to contact you to start a collaboration
Currently, we must manage a very high number of requests, so in 2021 we must necessarily select the projects on which to focus. To start a collaboration there are four steps to be followed: first is the signing of an NDA (download) and an LOI (download) - to be written on the shipyard's letterhead - that describes the reason for the collaboration and the nature of the project. Subsequently, the project will be examined by the SEALENCE technical/scientific committee which will decide if the project can be among those candidates. Subsequently, we will carry out a technical feasibility study assuming which can be the right powertrain for the specific application. The last step will be the arrangement of a project plan for a testing and commercial agreement.
4) I am a private owner, and I would like to install your technology on my boat
Throughout 2021, we will conduct tests only with partner shipyards. For private applications, it will be necessary to wait for the opening of sales starting from the beginning of 2022. In any case, it will be possible in the second half of 2021 to book a DeepSpeed system; we advise you to subscribe to our social networks to follow the events and news.
5) Which is the power of DeepSpeed jets?
At the moment there are two different models available: the smallest (280RE) has an equivalent power of 280hp while the largest (420RE) has an equivalent power of 420CV. model from about 600hp. For details of the models currently being tested, please refer to the technical data sheets published on https://www.deepspeed.it/jet/?lang=en
6) Is the SEALENCE technology concerned with the development of the jets only?
Our offer includes an entire ecosystem that aims to redefine navigation in a sustainable way for the environment. What we install on the boat is an end-to-end solution that includes the entire powertrain: power electronics, battery pack, range-extender, dashboard, etc ... in addition to a series of "dockside" solutions for energy recharging and self-production systems. A series of remote monitoring services via smartphone or computer is then provided for the verification of the installed systems.
7) What type of batteries are used? What is their duration?
The DeepSpeed powertrain uses automotive-derived lithium batteries, suitably modified, and certified for use in the marine environment. It is possible to install different types of batteries, depending on whether you prefer long distances rather than high speeds. Their duration depends on a series of factors such as the number of battery packs installed, the desired cruising speed, the type of jet installed, the presence of a range extender, and above all the resistance to motion generated by the hull (drag) at various speeds. So, it is not possible to “generalize” the concept of battery life. All data will still be provided by the shipyard in combination with the hull on which DeepSpeed technology is installed.
8) How Does the Range Extender work?
The range extender is an energy generator based on a suitably marinized automotive-derived diesel engine. Its purpose is to recharge the battery pack, so it is much more compact and lighter than a diesel engine intended for propulsion, which leads it to have an exceptional power/weight ratio with very low fuel consumption. It is only used in “DeepSpeed Hybrid” systems, which however allows navigating in full-electric mode when the range-extender is deactivated.
9) Will the system be installable for sailing applications?
We are currently working on replacing the main propulsion on traditional motorboats. Sailing will be part of the project starting from 2022.
10) Is there already a distribution and assistance network in the area for the installation of DeepSpeed?
At the moment the distribution and assistance network are still being created and will be available consistently with the start of marketing, scheduled for 2022.
11) How is resistance to seawater faced?
Each component that encounters the marine environment is subject to aggressive salt corrosion. The technologies available on the market to cope with the problem are today well known and advanced. The DeepSpeed system uses very sophisticated techniques for the management and continuous monitoring of corrosive phenomena, employing a mix of materials, treatments, and anticorrosive coatings such as to guarantee very high resistance and reliability over time, significantly reducing the maintenance intervals of a classic traditional engine.
12) Can I get a quote for the application of DeepSpeed?
At the moment DeepSpeed systems are not sold to the public but exclusively to shipyards and therefore on newly marketed boats. For the related costs, please refer to the commercial information that will be provided by the yard. From 2022 the sale to the public will then be open, therefore it will be possible to request specific estimates for the "retrofitting" of existing boats. Indicatively, the price will be equivalent to a traditional engine of similar power.