Solar Energy

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Yacht Club de Monaco and Torqeedo Team Up

The Yacht Club de Monaco has thrown down the gauntlet for the sixth annual Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, banning all fossil fuels and asking competitors and the Monegasque community to strive for zero emissions during the 5-day event.Torqeedo has partnered with Yacht Club de Monaco to ensure that all boats involved in the organization of the event are 100% electric and will serve as the event’s Technical Sponsor.The Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge aims to inspire technical innovation by matching the creativity of young engineers with experienced manufacturers to design…

Silent 64 (Photo: Silent Yachts)

World's First Solar Yacht Debuts

With energy conservation and emission reduction mandates sweeping through traditional commercial maritime sectors, Silent Yachts is seeking to get a leg up in the luxury sector with the world's first and only oceangoing production yachts in the world that are fully solar sustainable and exclusively powered by solar energy. After 5 years of testing, Silent Yachts was officially launched in 2009 and this year it showcases its vessel featuring solar power engines, which reportedly has performed well during the day and during the night, in all weather conditions.

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Taking Ecotourism to the Next Level

Soel Yachts and Naval DC Introduce the SoleCat 12- a solar electric vessel. Ecotourism has been identified to have one of the highest annual growth rates in the industry, according to the World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) study on ecotourism. One of the qualifying criteria on ecotourism, defined by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) for hotels and tour operators, is to reduce transport related greenhouse gas emissions and to use renewable energy sources where possible.

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The Evolution of Eco-Luxury Yacht Glass

The superyacht industry is fast evolving in response to the global environmental call for decreasing pollution. From ergonomic design to renewable energy, industry experts are working hard to make these sustainable factors the industry standard. Pioneering the use of bespoke photovoltaic glass within the structure of superyachts is Barcelona-based Nautiglass S.L. Nautiglass S.L. specializes in the manufacture and installation of photovoltaic glass, also known as PV glass, where solar cells are embedded between two glass panes to generate clean…