First solar-powered boat

25th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2004, PALMA DE MALLORCA - Spanish engineers have designed the first exclusively solar-powered passenger boat which they say will save a million litres (219,780 gallons) of petrol over the course of its 25-year life span, it was reported Wednesday.

25 August 2004

PALMA DE MALLORCA - Spanish engineers have designed the first exclusively solar-powered passenger boat which they say will save a million litres (219,780 gallons) of petrol over the course of its 25-year life span, it was reported Wednesday.

Llorenc Balaguer and Alvaro Gomez invented the Solemar vessel, a catamaran that is 10 metres (32.7 feet) long and designed for navigating calm seas.

The boat was unveiled at the Centro Tecnologico Electrosolar in Palma de Mallorca, capital of Spain's Balearic islands.

The 28-passenger vessel is propelled by photovoltaic panels on the roof.

Inventors described it as a "modest contribution to the environment".

It has two 2.4-kilowatt motors which, once charged, can propel the vessel at 4 knots per hour for 10 hours, or 2 knots for 30 hours.

The boat, which weighs 3.5 tons empty and 6 tons with passengers, is already navigating Mediterranean waters around the Balearic islands.

The Solemar was built in a year at Mallorca's Seacleaner Trawler shipyard and cost EUR 180,000 (USD 221,400).

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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