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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Speedboat

Posted By Jorge Chapa On June 3, 2008 @ 5:17 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 3 Comments

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When alternative transportation comes to mind, the focus is usually on more eco-friendly land or air travel. After all, the open ocean provides the prevailing winds as a very sustainable power source. We have seen wind-powered cargo ships [2], and even a wave-powered boat [3]. However, use of solar power for boats had not been explored much, let alone in speedboats. Until now. The Czeers Mk1 [4] prototype is, according to their designers, the first ever solar powered speedboat. Based on the 2006 Nuon Frisian Solar Challenge [5] winner, this marine speedster is making quite a splash. Video after the jump!

The prototype is capable of achieving speeds of up to 30 knots, and is fully powered by the integrated solar cells [6]. It is absolutely gorgeous; the deep carbon fiber hue, combined with the orange interiors, and the sleek form give off an incredible James-Bondian vibe. It is also, quite likely, very expensive, as no price has been given, and only a limited number will be produced.

+ Czeers [4]

Via Gizmag [7]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/03/transportation-tuesday-the-solar-speedboat/

[2] wind-powered cargo ships: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/29/transportation-tuesday-wind-powered-cargo-ship-takes-sail/

[3] wave-powered boat: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/26/transportation-tuesday-the-wave-powered-boat/

[4] Czeers Mk1: http://www.czeers.com/

[5] 2006 Nuon Frisian Solar Challenge: http://www.frisiansolarchallenge.nl/eng/page.php?nodeId=370

[6] solar cells: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/14/dyesol-solar-windows/

[7] Gizmag: http://www.gizmag.com/the-worlds-first-solar-speedboat-czeers-mk1/9372/

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