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Continuing on from its successful launch last year, the E-nnovationLAB at METSTRADE 2018 promises to provide a vibrant technological showcase for the next generation of electric and hybrid propulsion concepts.
Considerations around the sustainable future of the leisure marine industry and its impact upon the environment are increasingly looking towards these developments. One only has to look at land based automobile transport; now undoubtedly into a transition phase leading to the eventual demise of the traditional internal combustion engine. Or, to look at the nearby Amsterdam canal system where it is planned for all of the famous tour boats to be fully electric by 2025.
In timely recognition of these developments METSTRADE have provided a platform which gives a perfect opportunity for visitors to keep up to date with the very latest in electric and hybrid technology. And, just as importantly, a supporting panel comprising some of the most prominent experts in the field, is overseeing the exhibition content and technical credibility at the E-nnovationLAB 2018.
Almost everyone who reads this will have heard about, or read one of the publications that Nigel has written over many years. Probably one of the most well-thumbed books on many a yachtsman’s bookshelf is his ‘Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual’, which has been republished several times, and is still a best seller today.
The book sets out how to maintain, repair, and improve your boat's essential systems, and its online reviews contain comments such as: “This is the bible and every boat owner should have a copy.” And, “this is one of the most detailed books on maintenance/troubleshooting I've ever read.”
Whilst writing several other books including technical manuals and cruising guides over the years, Nigel, his wife Terrie, and their two children have developed a lifestyle which allows them time to cruise extensively with their yacht ‘Nada’, a Malo 46. Their previous boat, an Ingrid 38, was also called Nada. (‘Nada’ is Spanish for ‘nothing’, which Nigel admits raises a few chuckles when dealing with Spanish immigration officials during port entry formalities!)
“The boat owner manual came together, because I needed to know that information myself” said Nigel, “I figured that if I need it, then other people must need it too.
Actually, his first book was called, Refrigeration for pleasure boats: Installation, maintenance and repair. And typically, Nigel was curious about the cooling requirements on his own boat, sometimes sailing in tropical climates, which led him to thoroughly research and author a comprehensive practical guide for other cruising sailors.
Employing his mechanical / electrical skills working on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico for a few years, and experiencing the challenges of sailing in far flung destinations with his family, has given Nigel a keen sense for doing things correctly when it comes to onboard systems. His practical approach derived from extensive onboard research, undertaken across thousands of sea miles, is the foundation that underpins his writing, and his authoritative technical consultancy.
Nigel has always been a committed environmentalist. A decade ago he turned his attention to adapting then emerging hybrid technologies in the automotive world to marine applications with the intention of optimising fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gasses without compromising onboard lifestyles, which he sees as the twin objectives of the E-nnovationLab at METS. He commented: “Effective energy storage is still the biggest stumbling block to optimised systems, and we are not yet even close to phasing out diesel engines.
Nigel Calder will be speaking about these topics, and in particular advances in battery technology, on the E-nnovationLab stage in hall 7, at METSTRADE on Tuesday 13th November at 14.05.