Start Date: 20th January, 2019
End Date: 21st January, 2019
Description: The international boat fair “boot 2019” took place in Düsseldorf from the 19.-27. January 2019. The “boot” is the biggest pleasure boating fairs in the world. "Boot 2019" offered a wide range of attractions around boats and yachts with electric and hybrid propulsion systems. Even though electric mobility was still not main focus of the fair the relevance and the variety of the exhibitors were nevertheless enormous and therefore of big interest for the ELMAR project. The ELMAR project used this opportunity and organised an international B2B matchmaking event on 20 and 21 January 2019. The participants of the event came from Lithuania and Poland and covered a mixture of representatives from companies, related lobby organisations and clusters as well as research organisations and student entrepreneurs. The ELMAR matchmaking participants walked around the fair and had fruitful conversations with different exhibitors from the e-boat and e-yachts scene including related suppliers. They got a good insight of the new technologies and developments in this sector. ELMAR_Event_Report_B2B_Matchmaking_Boot_2019


Start Date: 15th November, 2018
End Date: 16th November, 2018
Description: On 15 & 16 November 2018 the 3rd International ELMAR project meeting took place in Klaipeda /Lithuania. Project partners discussed about the project status and next steps. A.o. the following decisions were taken:
  • ELMAR will organise a study tour for companies to South Germany, Austria and Switzerland - 1st week of September 2019.
  • Further potential study tours may lead to Sweden, France and Scotland in 2020
  • Next ELMAR company delegation meetings will be organised to major international boating fairs in Düsseldorf (boot 2019 in January) and Tulln (Austrian boat show 2019 in March).
  • The next ELMAR international project meeting will be held in Gdansk in March 2019, where a.o. first results of the international sales and supplier market analyses, prepared by ELMAR parners, will be presented.
  • ELMAR Spring School offering practical trainings for students and companies on different marine e-mobility topics will be held at Stralsund University of Applied Science from 01-12 April 2019.
  • ELMAR Demo boat work-in-progess workshops of ELMAR partners GREEN BOATS (small pax vessel) and the Traditional and Historical Ship´s Association Lithuania (Wooden boat replica) will take place in the 1st week of June 2019 (workshops are open for public)


Start Date: 7th November, 2018
End Date: 10th November, 2018
Description: "Use of regenerative energy sources and hydrogen technology" In the middle of November, the Hochschule Stralsund invited to the 25th REGWA symposium in the Hanseatic city. On November 7, 2018, the focus of the energy conference was on emission-free marine propulsion systems. The following days gave time to deal with the energy transition, the use and technology of regenerative energies. In addition, the conference program included a visit to the university's renewable energy laboratory and test drives with a fuel cell SUV and exciting excursions (Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics, the Wendelstein 7-X fusion plant and base station of a wind farm in Mukran Harbor).   Flyer Regwa Programm_102018


Start Date: 17th September, 2018
End Date: 20th September, 2018
Description: The ELMAR project has invited for a study trip to Bergen and surroundings/ Norway from 17-20 September 2018. More than 20 companies from the South Baltic area used this oportunity and joined the trip to learn more about a.o. electric ferries and passenger vessels under real world operation. Among others, participants visited the worlds first fully electric car ferry "Ampere", which serves the line Lavik- Oppedal since 3 years and had the chance to talk to those companies, which were responsible for its realisiation (Fjellstrand shipyard, Siemens Norway, Stemmann, etc.) and Norled, who is in charge for its daily operation. A summary of the trip with more detailed information can be downloaded below. The ELMAR project will organise further study trips in 2019 and 2020. They will be announced on this webpage. ELMAR OZ_2018-11-05_Seite_11


Start Date: 27th June, 2018
End Date: 29th June, 2018
Description: The electric & hybrid marine WORLD EXPO 2018 took place in Amsterdam from 27.-29. June 2018. Its focus was exclusively on electric propulsion systems, hybrid systems and components of such systems that are dedicated to be implemented in ships and boats. Due to its specific orientation, the fair was quite small. Nevertheless the relevance of the exhibitors was enormous. A wide range of high quality and well known exhibitors led to a fruitful exchange between all participants involved. Especially companies with focus on hybrid technology and individual components for use in commercial shipping were represented at the fair – mostly through their respective sales or engineering managers. ELMAR matchmaking participants jointly took part in a networking lunch and a collective walk around the fair. Participants had a chat on the benefits of specific technical solutions, future applications in the field of marine e-mobility and opportunities for business cooperation.


Start Date: 23rd May, 2018
End Date: 25th May, 2018
Description: At the end of May, 50 representatives from economy, research and local communities gathered in Berlin-Grünau on the Pier36eins - stopping point of the “Weiße Flotte” electric ferry - to discuss technical and economic solutions for low-emission shipping. Also the country MV was represented by the economic and the energy ministry. The event was organized by the WFG Vorpommern as part of the EU-funded project "ELMAR - Supporting South Baltic SMEs to enter the international supply chain & sales markets for boats and ships with electric propulsion". Topics included the development of electromobility and funding opportunities in Germany, the current status of the use of alternative propulsion systems on the water, as well as field reports from the perspective of the shipping company Weiße Flotte, the shipbuilding company Ostseestaal and the shipbuilding company Neptun Ship Design. The field reports clearly show that investing in electric boats pays off. Although the investment costs are higher, but the energy consumption is much lower. In addition, there are significant potential savings through lower maintenance costs. The CO2 savings are available through emission-free operation for free. Why then does not marine electromobility simply prevail? Mr. Arndt of Neptun Ship Design pointed out that there are two different speeds in the development of electric boats. At the same time, the technology-driven pioneer companies set the pace at first, with concept planning geared solely to technical and economic constraints. To enforce the technology, however, planning security is needed. The participants agreed that the change can not be brought about by the companies alone, but that framework goals have to be set through community, urban and state planning. These include public transport law, adapted tendering guidelines and ferry licenses as well as the definition of target scenarios and the creation of suitable financing instruments. Municipal carriers would have to be the drivers to accelerate the second speed and pave the way for technology implementation. Other countries like Holland and Norway show it. They have set themselves the ambitious goal of being fully electrically converted by 2020. Enough planning security for companies to invest in marine electromobility.

Speakers of the Dialogue Forum:

Foto/Photo: Elektrofähre “FährBär” der Weißen Flotte am Pier36eins/ Electric ferry "FährBär" of the Weiße Flotte at Pier36eins (WFG)


Start Date: 6th November, 2017
End Date: 8th November, 2017
Description: With the Kick-Off Meeting, the project ELMAR - Electromobility on the Water - with the Business Development Corporation of Vorpommern as the lead partner - started the implementation. From 6.11-08.11.2017 the participating project partners from Lithuania, Poland and Germany met in Greifswald to discuss the distribution of tasks for the next 3 years. A highlight will be the development and construction of 3 pilot boats in Lithuania and Poland. The genesis will be accompanied by open boatbuilding workshops, where interested boatbuilders can participate. As early as 2018, there will be a study trip to Berlin and southern Germany, as well as a conference in Lithuania, including excursions to Lithuanian boatbuilders. An online portal is being developed as an integral part of the public relations work on electromobility. Among other things, this will include a B2B platform, where manufacturers and suppliers introduce themselves with their technologies and products. In addition to the content work, there was of course also time for getting to know each other. In the process, the visit to the HanseYachts boatyard, under the expert guidance of Karl Dehler, has left a particularly lasting impression on the international participants. Foto/Photo: Die Teilnehmer des ELMAR Kick-Off-Meetings/ The participants of the ELMAR kick-off meeting (WFG)


Start Date: 6th November, 2017
End Date: 6th November, 2017
Description: The current status and future developments of the electric propulsion, storage and charging technology for maritime applications were the focus of a new edition of the Maritime Business Forum Vorpommern on 6 November 2017 in Greifswald, Germany. The company Torqeedo GmbH from southern Germany presented itself as a system provider for electric boat and ship drives, which meanwhile sells its products worldwide and proves in many projects that electric drives, adapted to the respective application, are absolutely operational. The applications range from shuttle boats for expedition yachts in Arctic and Antarctic waters to party ships in the USA. In the second lecture, the company IAV Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr presented technical solutions for loading and storage technology that come from the automotive sector and can be used in maritime applications. Speakers of the Business Forum: