One of the latest solar power boats to emerge in the market is a trimaran, or multi-hulled, model inspired by the shape of a manta-ray called the Solar Odyssey, which has been engineered to circumnavigate the Atlantic Ocean.
The solar boat is approximately 60 feet long and has 1184 square feet of solar panels on the top of the craft that have been aerodynamically designed so that the boat can reach a top speed of 33 knots, or roughly 38 miles per hours, which is much more impressive on the water than it may seem on land.
The French manufactured boat has a specially tailored propulsion system and a high performance storage cell and, while traveling across the Atlantic, is expected to travel at an average 8 knots, or just over 9 miles per hours.
The appeal for solar power boats seems to be wide-spread, with students getting into the racing game, as well as giant, expensive yacht makers trying to harness the power of the sun. We recently interviewed the owner of a Canadian manufacturer who moved operations from Canada to the United States, who has given some key insight into this emerging green sector.