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An electro-solar catamaran

08/04/2014

An electro-solar catamaran

Aerofleet is currently putting the finishing touches to the construction of its electro-solar catamaran, the Aero 48e.

A genuine blue-water catamaran, but one which uses no fossil fuel at all. Equipped with around forty square metres of solar panels, a wind generator, and two hydro-generators, the catamaran is actually completely independent under power at 4 knots.
For a voyage via the trade winds, the owner has chosen to equip his catamaran with headsails only, thus avoiding the shadow of the mainsail on his solar panels.
The launch is planned for the spring, and tests will be organised during the summer in Scotland, before the departure for a round the world trip in the autumn.
Note that, to allow other technological advances, a second catamaran is currently being built. The aim is to turn it into a laboratory boat, available to all the partners in the project, with a view to optimising various technologies.

For more information: www.aerofleet.be
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