World’s first ocean going solar powered superyacht set to be unveiled

Swiss company SolarImpact Yacht AG has announced plans to debut its new project. What is believed to be the world’s first ocean-going solar superyacht, which has been in the research phase for five years, is now ready to be unveiled to the world.

The 23.7-metre (78-foot) vessel, designed by Marlena Ratajska, draws power from a solar-based energy supply and uses optimised SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) construction. The concept merges top-end luxury features and comforts with cutting-edge design and sustainability, and can reportedly boast an unlimited cruising range.

SolarImpact Yacht AG’s technological marvels will be unveiled at Cannes Yachting Festival 2018 (at Palais stand 089), and visitors to the show will be able to explore a 3D model of the build.

Werner Vögeli, CEO of SolarImpact Yacht AG, said of the build, “SolarImpact is synonymous with state-of-the-art in shipbuilding when it comes to fluid mecha­nics, highly efficient energy technologies, and sustainability. Our yacht concept avoids noise and CO2 emissions and is, therefore, an important step towards electric mobility in the maritime sector.”

In addition to being almost self-sufficient in the energy department, the yacht can reach impressive top speeds of over 20 knots.

For guests and owners, there will be 340 square metres of living space split across three luxurious levels and six cabins (four double, one master and one crew), with a vast range of customisation options available to interested parties. As well as the engines using solar power, the interior lighting, speakers and other details also use this source.

For peace of mind, a diesel aggregate additionally ensures full operative capabilities – including in inclement weather conditions.

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