20 Aug '11, 6pm

Solar Powered Boating: The State Of The Art #green

Solar Powered Boating: The State Of The Art #green

Powering boats with solar power makes a lot of sense. Solar power is a highly portable source of energy, and this is ideal for the open water, where recharging sockets for electric motors are scarce. In the last decade, we’ve seen improvement in the efficiency of electric boat motors, lithium-ion batteries, and the efficiency of solar panels. All of these improvements make solar-powered boating much more compelling. In 2010, the Tûranor PlanetSolar , a huge catamaran yacht powered by 470 square meters of solar panels, was unveiled by New Zealand’s LOMOcean Design. It became the first solar-powered vehicle to circumnavigate the earth, when it finished a world tour. The name Tûranor, derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings, translates to “The Power of the Sun”.

Full article: http://www.metaefficient.com/boats/solar-powered-boats.html

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