Gallery: Wind and Solar Powered Cronos Yacht is Made of Bamboo Panels

This amazing Cronos Yacht defies the excess so often associated with the sport

Compressed waste bamboo makes a beautiful panel that is so much healthier for the earth than the fiberglass typically used, and it is exceptionally renewable since it is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. It also supports excellent acoustics so that being inside the yacht as it slaps against the water will still be comfortable. Walls of the engine room, which holds two electric engines, will be clad in Halite — a fabric that absorbs 15% of the room’s heat and converts it into electricity that can feed back into the battery.

Chin Ua solar glass — a transparent solar panel frequently used in Germany, Japan, and China — will generate additional energy, which should be fairly consistent since the boat is only likely to be out at the same time as the sun. And finally, the design team hopes to incorporate a wind belt that looks like an aeolian harp. It has strings that produce energy when hit by the wind and it is 10-30 times more efficient than a standard micro turbine. If all yachts were like this, we’d be on board!

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  1. bamboousa February 1, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I am the CEO of http://www.bamboousa.usa. I have just read your article and found it just AMAZING!!!! How can I get in touch with these designers? I am doing good R&D on bamboo panels of all types and maybe we can work on this concept together!
    Please get back to me as I would very much appreciate your reply.
    Best regards
    Santiago Perdomo

  2. Rurudyne November 27, 2013 at 12:17 am

    There is a not-so-odd problem in yacht design: a boat that can have a spacious, efficient interior for its length that will not break the bank to find a dock for (relatively speaking of course) can cost you an arm and a leg to move under power at any decent cruising speed BUT a boat that is more economical to run, say a stabilized monohull, will be long, relatively thin, not as high, not as deep and have less in the way of accommodations for her length as well as cost more to find a dock for.

    I too lean towards the latter and am personally looking to Philip Bolger and the sidewheel blue water greyhounds of the 19th century for inspiration … you know, if I ever actually come into money. If the paddlewheel seems an odd choice to you please realize that if your goal is simply to move about efficiently, but not at very high speed, a paddlewheel also has potential to go into shallower and weedier waters as well as not cause bank erosion problems that some prop set ups can. For the itinerant life style that Bolger sought to address with his Wyoming or Illinois designs they are in fact perfect. As a bonus consideration: some blockiness of (therefore easier) construction seems not a styling liability with American paddlewheels, in fact, it almost seems expected with sternwheel boats.

    Well, that’s my impossible dream.

    Good luck with yours!

  3. DominicBruysPorter November 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    That boat is a veritable engineering nightmare. I’m sure it could be done, but if it was going to really stick to the renders it would take a decade before it was completely fitted out. There are so many odd structural problems to overcome, and the hull design itself with the strakes effectively upsidedown, all counter to nautical conventions. Logically speaking, it’s a design study, but if someone is truly obscenely ambitious… and doesn’t need to cross the atlantic, or the english channel or, or, or just throw out the oddball stuff on the hull and concentrate on making the rest of the structure measure up to the demands of a boat of this size.

  4. alexxxmg April 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I want to start selling your boats at Cancún México
    My name is Alejandro Mirabent Garate
    Please send me information so I may start with something

  5. Green Joy March 17, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Interesting project. I like the lines of the yacht. Maybe the can incorporate traditional sails? It’s additional propulsion in case more speed is needed or the engines need a bit of a rest. Cheers!

    Juan Miguel Ruiz

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