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Stop Press: The 6th Solar Navigator design is now undergoing evaluation tests

the aim being to take the record from the current record holders: PlanetSolar

 

 

Note: The Solar Navigator concept has undergone continuous design, development and testing since 1995.   Each new season has seen findings incorporate in the design and other improvements into an updated test bed model for evaluation purposes.  Every effort is made to accurately reflect the latest amendments on this site.   Accordingly, the specification of the final vessel is subject to change without notice - but is not any of the vessels shown on this page.

 

 

February 2013, SolarNavigator, hybrid triple hull concept

SolarNavigator hybrid hull design copyright 2013 Max Energy Ltd

 

 

 

Vessel displacement

Classified

 

Width

42 feet

 

Length

120 feet

 

Photovoltaic panel type

Classified

 

Photovoltaic panel area

Classified

 

Power to weight ratio

More than 2Kw per ton

 

Ancillary power

Classified

 

System voltage

Classified

 

Battery/Fuel Cell storage

Classified

 

Motors (cruise)

Classified

 

Motors (manoeuvre)

Classified

 

Design speed

Cruise 7-8 knots  -  Max speed is classified

 

Air drag

Classified

 

Water drag

Classified

 

Propeller dia

Classified

 

Propeller pitch

Classified

 

Hull design

SWASSH low drag - semi wave piercing hybrid triple hull

 

Accommodation

6+ 2 berths - (optional manned mode)

 

Hull materials

Marine grade alloy or composite - sponsor dependent

 

Command module

Details of eco friendly shuttle vehicle to be announced

 

Power

Classified

 

Lighting

28 million candlepower searchlights - 

 

Competing class

Circumnavigation and other Unlimited class world records

 

Route

To be announced - see proposed sunshine route (global expedition)

 

Crew

To be announced (crew will be trained observers only)

 

Build Cost

$6,000,000

 

Build & Autonomous Expedition Cost

$13,218,800

 

 

 

PROJECT FUNDING PROGRESS

 

 

 

Solar Navigator test model catamaran design

 

Solar Navigator 3rd (test rig) model heading into wind

Please note this early catamaran design had been superceded

 

 

 

For IP rights to this project please contact Blueplanet Netdirect Productions

 

 

 

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Trimaran solar powered concept boat

 

A solar powered triple hull concept drawing

 

 

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