No need to worry about fuel costs and emissions: a solar powered boat can help you reach your port.
The solar revolution won’t stop at putting panels on your house. In fact, the revolution has already begun with solar powered boats.
The boat solar setup is almost the same as the home solar setup, except that a battery is a requirement. This is because for boats, your usage will be less consistent than in your home. To get started you’ll need:
- Solar panels. To collect and harness the energy of the sun
- A regulator/charge controller. To control the flow of DC current into the battery and prevent energy from returning to the panels.
- A deep cycle battery. This will store the energy produced for use when you need it most.
- An inverter. Converts the DC current to AC current for use on appliances or motors.
It’s not recommended that you instal the system yourself. It’s best to speak to a certified solar installer to do this for you. Alternatively, you could purchase a boat that already has solar panels installed.
How it all started: The MS Turanor Planet Solar
The solar boat story began back in September 2013 when the 35 metre catamaran the MS Turanor Planet Solar set off from London on its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The boat was powered by more than 800 solar panels, taking up over 5,500 square metres of deck space. It powered two large lithium batteries that, in turn, powered the boats twin outboard motors. Just 22 days later (a new record for a solar crossing of the Atlantic) the Turanor arrived in the West Indies.
In the future it is likely that many things will become solar powered. Check in with a solar installation company if you want to know more.