SolarLab – Solar Powered Electric Boat

SolarLab – Solar Powered Electric Boat
The British company SoalrLab is responsible for developing some of the world’s most innovative solar powered boats including the Hamburg SolarShuttle capable of carrying up to 120 passengers in complete salient with zero-emissions. The company recently suggested a new version (illustrated above) that will be used during the 2012 London Olympics in the Themes River.

According to SoalrLab the new SolarShuttle can eliminate the production of 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year compared to a similar sized diesel boat. The SolarShuttle can operate in all daylight conditions, stores reserve power for evening cruises and even generates surplus energy that can be fed back into the national grid. Models of the green ship already operate in Hamburg and Lake Constance in Germany as well as in Britain. The larger version has a 42 meter long hull and a maximum speed of 15 km/h with a range of 60-100 km using its internal batteries which are charged using the sun and can even be used at night. 

Recently there is a surge in renewable energy concept and in the last several months alone we have covered the Heliotube Solar Concentrator, the Sphelar – Spherical Solar Cell the Quietrevolution Helical Wind Turbine, the Windhunter offshore wind turbine/ hydrogen maker and the Solar Heat Pump Electrical Generation System (SHPEGS).    
More information and pictures of the SolarShuttle can be found on the SoalrLab Website.
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Iddo Genuth

Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.

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