Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Solar-Powered Topsides

The Dutch solar boat maker Czeers has just introduced a new 10-meter (32'8") "speedboat" that the company says will reach speeds upward of 30 knots; its cruising speed and range are not listed on the builder’s web site. Photovoltaic panels cover a cabin top built of carbon fiber and the solar panels power an 80-kW (107-hp) engine. The instrument panel is another interesting feature, and is purported to have touch-screen capabilities. Watch the builder’s video below and let us know what you think:

1 comment:

Lewis Butler said...

Interesting idea. From the video it looks pretty slick. Another question is the cost of maintaining/fixing the solar panels.