Background

The marine electric mobility sector is rapidly growing. This contains growth in the subsectors of production, maintenance and use of boats and ships with electric propulsion. Analysts forecast a massive increase of its market value (e.g. ICTexEX: from $2.6 billion to $6.3 billion in 2014-2023). Driving forces are:

(a) new technologies & decreasing prices for main components (e.g. batteries)

(b) spreading legal bans on internal combustion engines (e.g. Amsterdam, alpine lakes)

(c) customers become aware of comfort gains (e.g. less noise & vibrations)

(d) barriers for other electric vehicles do not apply for marine e-mobility to same extent (e.g. e-boats are charged by CEE plug > widely available at marina berths)

Geographically, considerable demand is found at foreign sales markets. A South Baltic home market is emerging but has no sufficient basis for business yet. The South Baltic Area has a strong boat & shipbuilding sector acting across borders. Some companies already produce electric boats & ships or components for them. With this, they eventually joined supply chains beyond the South Baltic Area, as important suppliers or builders are found outside. The ELMAR project was developed to make a use of this trend and the general conditions. ELMARs goal is to support South Baltic SMEs in such a way, that they can access foreign sales markets and become a part of marine e-mobility supply chains beyond the South Baltic Area.