04 May '12, 11pm

Solar Power on the Open Sea

Solar Power on the Open Sea

What does the future of renewable energy look like? Typically, when people think about renewable energy, they visualize miles of solar panels in a desert, large offshore wind farms, or residential solar panel projects, but what about powering on-demand transportation, such as an airplane, car or boat? Solar-powered cars are nothing new to the R&D world, what typically holds the technology back in cost and infrastructure – as well as demand. Planes, an ideal candidate for solar power, carry such an expensive (and heavily regulated) burden that any progressive renewable energy retrofit in that sector, particularly on a massive scale, is quite a ways off. In the case of ocean travel, however, renewable energy could look something like the Turanor PlanetSolar Solar Boat , which recently completed an 18-month journey across the world using only the power of the sun. Embarking f...

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