Solared powered Yacht that can travel the world without stopping

September 18, 2018

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A futuristic, solar-powered yacht which can cruise the globe without stopping to refuel has been unveiled by its  Swiss designers.

 

The electric SolarImpact yacht is longer than a blue whale and topped with enough solar panels to cover a regulation-size tennis court.

 

The boat sleeps ten people, on top of accommodation for the small crew, and is loaded with artificial intelligence that allows it to be driven by a single person.

 

Pictured is an artist's impression of the all-electric SolarImpact yacht. The solar-powered yacht can cruise the entire globe without stopping to refuel

 

The yacht is the result of five years of research by Zurich firm SolarImpact Yacht AG, which has not revealed an expected price or release date for its design.

 

The company claims using solar panels to power the craft cuts a significant amount of the noise generated by traditional engines.

 

An 800-kWh battery on board provides around 10 hours of cruising capability, which can be extended by topping up the battery from the sun during the trip.

 

The 78-foot (24-metre) yacht has more than 3,200 square feet (300 sq m) of solar panels on its roof, which can serve as the vessel's sole power source if conditions allow.

 

If sailing on a cloudier day, the vessel is loaded with a pair of 65-kW (87-hp) diesel engines on board as a backup.

 

It also boasts two torpedo-shaped buoyancy bodies beneath the water surface which SolarImpact Yacht AG claims to reduce the rolling and heeling of the yacht by up to 90 per cent in choppy conditions.

 

The electric SolarImpact yacht is longer than a blue whale, and its roof is topped with enough solar panels to cover a full-sized tennis court (artist's impression)

Pictured is an artist's impression of the SolarImpact yacht's steering wheel and control panel. The boat has enough beds for ten people, including accommodation for a small crew. It is loaded with artificial

 

intelligence that allows it to be driven by one person

The boat features beds for ten people across four double rooms and a master suite, and is also equipped with crew accommodation.

 

The concept was unveiled at last week's Cannes Yachting Festival where a full 3D-model allowed potential buyers the chance to explore the vessel using virtual reality.

It is not the first futuristic yacht design unveiled this week.

 

The yacht is the result of five years of research by created by Zurich firm SolarImpact Yacht AG, which has not revealed an expected price or release date for its design

 

 

The yacht has more than 3,200 square feet (300 sq m) of solar panels on its roof, which can serve as the vessel's sole power source if conditions allow. If sailing on a cloudier day, the vessel is loaded with a pair of 65-kW (87-hp) diesel engines on board as a backup

 

A team of British engineers on Monday released designs for a £40 million ($52 million) eco-yacht that collects plastic from the ocean and recycles it.

 

The 'Ocean Saviour' is designed to scoop up a staggering five tonnes of plastic pollution each day and will become the first vessel ever to power itself by recycling ocean waste into fuel.

 

Plastic will be chopped finely, milled and processed through onboard machinery which will destroy it completely with minimal atmospheric pollution. 

 

 

Designs for a £40 million ($52 million) new eco-yacht were also unveiled this week. The Ocean Saviour (artist's impression) will collect plastic from the ocean and recycle it as it sails. It features two plastic-capturing arms that funnel waste into a conveyor belt through an opening in the boat's hull

 

Described as 'the combine harvester of the seas', it has been designed with two booms on either side of the 70 metre-long (230ft) vessel which will funnel floating pollution into a conveyor.

 

The pioneering plans, revealed today at Southampton Boat Show, lay out how this will then bring the ocean waste onboard the Ocean Saviour, where it will be recycled using a high tech process.

 

The finely-chopped product will then be used to fuel the vessel, meaning it can power itself for months on end.

 

Richard Roberts, of Southampton-based TheYachtMarket, is the project's co-founder and said he was inspired to create the ship after watching Blue Planet.

 

The 'Ocean Saviour' is designed to scoop up a staggering five tonnes of plastic pollution each day and will become the first vessel ever to power itself by recycling ocean waste into fuel. Pictured is an artist's impression of the conveyor belt through which the vessel picks up plastic pollution

 

He said the show's shocking portrayal of waste in the oceans encouraged him 'to do something practical' about the problem.

 

'It's staggering to think there is currently over five trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean which is having a huge detrimental impact on our ecosystem and the ocean's biodiversity,' he said.

 

'It's essential we remove plastic before it breaks down into micro plastics and, through Ocean Saviour, we aim to help eradicate the ocean of this problem.

 

'They should be going up and down our coastlines all the time - they could be the combine harvesters of the seas.'

 

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