We’ve shown you plenty of green boats at EarthTechling, but out of all shown thus far, which is the greenest? The answer, according to United Kingdom-based Solar Sailor Holdings Ltd., is a resounding “none of the above” when pitted against its forthcoming eco boat, the Soliloquy.
Touted as a “super-green superyacht,” the Soliloquy is a behemoth boat which will include 600 square feet of photovoltaic surfacing used to propel the 190-foot vessel to eight knots during a 12-hour time period. During times when adequate sunlight is not available, the yacht will be powered by four hydrogen fuel cells and a diesel engine. “Automated operation of the rig’s three pivotally mounted, rigid-wing sails — also require less manpower and smaller crews than cloth-sailed vessels,” according to Green Biz. “The yacht can also send power to the electrical grid at a marina where facilities are available.”
Solar Sailor is sponsoring the project via Coventry University, who was looking to design a luxurious yacht that shirked noise, emissions, and fuel expenses.