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Piper Boats chooses Hoppecke energy system




Ref: PRHP274                                                       Date: 4th April 2023

Piper Boats chooses Hoppecke energy system


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When Staffordshire boatbuilder Piper Boats needed a reliable energy system for its latest Dutch-style barge, it turned to battery specialist Hoppecke.


The new model is purpose-designed for the UK market and Piper Boats wanted anenergy system that would allow it to cruise in virtual silence.


Simon Piper, managing director of the family run business, said: "We know of Hoppecke and its excellent reputation in the motive power sector so opted to partner with them because we needed a reliable energy source that would power a parallel hybrid drive.


"Hoppecke batteries were the best choice for a safe and trouble-free solution, and everyone is delighted with the end result."


Hoppecke supplied a custom-built battery bank whichintegrates with the boat's 48v DC hybrid system designed and manufactured by A R Peachment of Norfolk.The hybrid system is combined with a Nanni engine, which delivers extra range and power during river flood conditions.


Hobbs of Henley operates thevessel as a corporate hire boat on the River Thames. Since propulsion noise levels are an important consideration, the fact that the energy bank and diesel engine offer up to three hours of silent river cruising is a major benefit.


Hoppecke's general manager, Stuart Browne, said: "Our first project with Piper Boats posed an interesting challenge as a Dutch-style barge is wider and shorter than the narrowboats we're familiar with. Since the layout is quite different, we created a bespoke energy system that fits into a special container housed in the mid-deck area."


Over the past 18 months Hoppecke has been enhancing its credentials in the UK marine sector, developing bespoke energy systemsfor 20 boats.


Since its inception in 1969 Piper Boats has built more than 900 vessels at its 17,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Biddulph.

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Caption: Piper Boats deployed a bespoke battery bank by Hoppecke in a new river cruiser for Hobbs of Henley.


Editor's notes

HoppeckeIndustrial Batteriesis the leading specialist for industrial battery systems and the largest battery manufacturer in European ownership. Hoppecke offers customers around the world concepts for efficient and reliable power supply for every industrial application. A leading exponent of environmental care for more than 90 years, Hoppecke offers solutions for a variety of industries including motive power, reserve power for IT/telecoms, power stations, solar energy and UPS, special power for rail and underground. Hoppecke's UK operation is based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in the Midlands and the parent company has customers and business partners in many countries around the world, including Europe, the USA and China.


Media contact:

Sue Tupling

Changeworks Communications

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Company contact:

Stuart Browne

Hoppecke Industrial Batteries Ltd

Unit 2 Lowfield Drive

Centre 500




T: 01782 667305