Greener and more energy-efficient trends are popping up in designs in the superyacht world, and new, earth-friendly prototypes are surfacing.
Alastair Callender’s Soliloquy features a vessel inspired by Masdar City’s zero emissions, and comes with an adjustable superstructure to provide it with rigid sails.
Another “green” vessel cunstructed in northern Germany at Kiel’s Knierim Yacht Club is PlanetSolar. A 30m by 15m catamaran yacht, this vessel features a sleek design that allows it to carve through water smoothly and thus increases its speed and decreases stress on its solar powering. Its design brings the 60 ton yacht to 15 knots.
PlanetSolar is a concept of Raphael Domjan, a Swiss designer. Construction costs are nearly $24 million and the vessel was unveiled recently in Germany and will be circumnavigating the world beginning in spring of 2011 to break records and change goals for a more green approach to nautical designs.
Domjan is planning to embark on the round-the-world journey along with Gerard d’Aboville, a French Mariner who will control PlanetSolar. The yacht features 500 square meters of solar panels.
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