Thursday, November 17, 2011

A boat that is completely solar powered

Monday's post was about yachting (albeit with LNG tankers), so keeping with the nautical theme is the cover story of the November 2011 issue of High Performance Composites. The picture itself if captivating:
That's right, it's a solar powered boat, with solar power being it's exclusive means of propulsion. At 31 meters long, 15 meters wide (and over 500 m2 of solar panels), it's not for your average owner, but still clearly illustrates the role that composites can play in lightweight, innovative design. The ship, christened Tûranor, "is circumnavigating the world with the message of sustainable ship power."

The irony of course, is that while the "power" (don't they really mean energy?) is "sustainable", none of the materials of construction are.


Materialist said...

Is wind not sustainable? Magellan's ship Victoria has this one beat by 489 years.

John said...

Good point, although to be fair, I don't think that they are claiming to be first.

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