Solar Powered Catamaran Almost Circumnavigates the Globe

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Solar Powered Catamaran Almost Circumnavigates the Globe

This is pretty cool.

A large solar-powered catamaran circumnavigating the globe.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2010/mar/31/solar-powered-...

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It needs sails!

 

It's a very cool boat but I wonder while they didn't incorporate sails into the concept especially in light of the builders statement:

Domjan said: 'Most of all the PlanetSolar project is a great occasion to advance scientific research and to show that today technology is already available to design the most environmentally friendly means of transport' (bold added)

 

Harnessing the wind as well as the sun might have eliminated a significant amount of solar panels, thus reducing the resources required to produce.

But maybe I'm just partial to sailboats.

 

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Sails

I think it's a really valid point.  Can you imagine a fleet of these things with sails and panels moving goods and services around the planet?  Really would be super cool.

What kinds of advances have there been in sails?  I'm really not familiar, but definitely curious.

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