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Electronic control system for hydrofoil boats, watercraft or vessel

Country of Origin: France
Reference Number: TOFR20180924001
Publication Date: 8 October 2018

Summary

A French startup from Brittany has developed an electronic system which can control the movement of a hydrofoil flap or even an entire foil wing. 
The SME is now looking for naval architects, hydrofoil manufacturers or any project leaders working on hydrofoil watercrafts from all over Europe. A commercial agreement with technical assistance is sought with partners who are willing to add the company's automatic system in their watercraft to control the hydrofoil stability and height.

Description

A French SME created in 2015, specialized in electronics and embedded systems, aims to simplify and make sailing accessible to everyone.

The company has developed an electronic box which can control the movement of a foil flap or even an entire foil wing. It can control the cant, the rake and other axis if needed using sensors and specific parameters like the desired height of the vessel above the water.

This system can be installed on sailing boats, motor boats, watercraft, foiling jetski, etc. Using sensors, electronics, and algorithms, this device is able to anticipate and correct the inclination and angle of the foil. This electronic system pilots some electrical motors, electric or hydraulic ram or actuators and so change the position of the hydrofoil. The company can adapt its system to the specifications of the partner's vessel and can help sourcing the right actuator. The SME can help these partners with the implementation of the system by doing technical researches and calculations for their specific project.

The French company is looking for naval architects, ship and boat builders willing to implement the electronic system in their hyprofoil projects. Commercial agreements with technical assistance are proposed.
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Advantages and Innovations

This innovation allows watercraft to be stabilized above the water. This means that the vessel is more stable and more secure. 

This system is easy to use because it adjusts automatically the position of the foils on the vessel. This device is able to control and adjust the actuators of the watercraft by using some specific sensors, integrated circuits and some specific firmwares.

This electronic system can make hydrofoils lift faster and keep the boat stable when changing course or switching tack.

This device prevents vessel from capsizing. The French SME's electronics can control almost any hydrofoil and its technical team can study the partners' project and give them some support for it.

Stage Of Development

Prototype available for demonstration

Stage Of Development Comment

The company is already testing its solution on a boat and is now looking for other vessel to equip with its system.

Requested partner

The French SME is seeking naval architects, ship and boat builders and it can help these partners with the implementation of the system by doing technical researches and calculations for their specific project. 

The ideal partners are project leaders of a hydrofoil watercraft for which the shape of the mast and wing of the hydrofoil has not been designed. In this way the company could give the partners advice on which is the best solution to add electronics on it.

A commercial agreement with technical assistance is sought with these partners.

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