Laura K. Cowan

Piranha Nano Boat is 75% Lighter, 40% Stronger, 400% More Fuel Efficient

by , 04/12/11
filed under: Green Transportation, News

alternative transportation, carbon fiber, green design, green transportation, nano boat, nano technology, piranha boat, Zyvex Technologies

Ohio-based Zyvex Technologies just unveiled the Piranha – a next-gen unmanned boat that is 75% lighter, 40% stronger, and 400% more fuel efficient than similarly-sized aluminum boats. The 54-foot vessel features a high-tech carbon fiber shell that harnesses nanotechnology to yield unparalleled gains in efficiency and performance, and it recently completed its testing off of Puget Sound.

The Piranha’s secret is in its carbon fiber hull. Zyvex infused the carbon fiber material with carbon nano tubes to create an extremely strong yet light shipbuilding material. All this technology means the Piranha can travel 2,800 nautical miles before refueling. The green boat debuted this week at the Sea Air Space Show in Washington D.C. Attendees will evaluate the Piranha for uses such as fighting piracy and oceanographic surveying.

+ Zyvex Technologies

Via PhysOrg

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3 Comments

  1. mercurydan April 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Where does the marketing word green come from. If it relates to the environment and trees and what not than that doesn’t make sense, because the green movement looks to reduce to CO2 in the atmosphere. An increase in CO2 would increase the greenery on this planet, therefore reducing CO2 reduces the amount of greenery. if it relates to the environment that doesn’t make sense either because most of our environment is blue in colour, that is why they call it the blue planet. to me the green movement doesnt make sense.

  2. Rick Rickity April 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Ok, so we all agree it’s a ‘green’ boat because it uses batteries & solar cells.

    Here’s the real important question: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

    cause that’s the only question that matters…. Who cares if it is 40% lighter, 2 million times stronger, etc. If it is not affordable, you’re wasting your breath.

  3. mercurydan April 14, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I don’t understand how its a green boat. i must be colour blind cause it looks black, grey and white to me.

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