It’s quick, it’s quiet, and it’s covered in 300 square meters (3,229 sq ft) of solar panels. The 78-ft (24-m) electric SolarImpact yacht is a concept designed as the first of its kind – an ocean-going solar-powered yacht. An 800-kWh battery on board gives it 10 hours of cruising capability, which can be extended by topping up the battery when the Sun’s shining. The yacht’s giant solar array, which covers the vast majority of its upward-facing surfaces, can generate up to 320 kWh a day if they’re getting lots of sun. They can serve as the vessel’s sole power source if conditions allow, and you’re prepared to take your time. Although this 70-ton aluminum-hulled beast boasts 1,000 kW (1,341 hp) of all-electric power and has an impressive maximum speed of 22 knots, if you’re running all the regular systems solely on solar, you will be able to cruise indefinitely, but only at a slow 5 knots – which would take you around the world in about six months if there wasn’t a whole lot of land in the way. Speed it up and the battery will run down.
Should the Sun not shine upon your voyage, there’s a pair of 65-kW (87-hp) range-extending diesel engines on board as a backup. And the drive systems are automated, apparently using some sort of AI assistance, to the point where a single person can maneuver it.
The SolarImpact also has an interesting stabilizing technology rolled in – twin torpedo-shaped buoyancy hulls under the water surface that the company says reduce side-to-side rolling by as much as 90 percent, making it comfortable even when the waves are high. The interior is about as fancy as you’d expect, with reasonably luxurious accommodations for 10 guests and a crew of one. And we strongly recommend you to check world’s top 10 most expensive yachts