Solar-powered boating

Did you know there is a catamaran powered by solar?

Planetsolar is the developer, and it's covered with 500 square meters of photovoltaic solar panels to power an electric motor. The boat, traveling at an average speed of 7.5 knots, is expected to take a world tour in 2011.

The project is designed to show how technology and clean energy can combine to impact our lives and change our world. "This project showcases solutions that help raise mainstream awareness of sustainable alternatives in the transportation industry," said Ian Hudson, a president of DuPont, which supplied materials for the photovoltaic modules and coatings.

Here's a press release from DuPont, and here's more information from Planetsolar.

Here at the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization, we're interested in getting clean and renewable energy into our daily lives.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.
Photo of boat courtesy of Planetsolar