The World Solar Navigation Challenge W.S.N.C.

 

SOLAR NAVIGATOR - Competition

 

 

 

 

9. COMPETITION

 

Where the Solar Navigator team have developed the circumnavigation concept steadily since 1996, inevitably, we have inspired others to think on the challenge, and finally another team have decided they are up to the task.

 

Accordingly, in about 2005 a Franco/Swiss team named PlanetSolar announced they would be building a solar powered trimaran to attempt a world navigation. This revelation turned our project into a potential race, against which we suggest that our sponsors might offer an incentive to competitors with naming rights attaching.

 

PlanetSolar adopted a near identical route to that originally proposed at the 1996 Boat Show. Their design changed after project launch from a wave piercing trimaran design to a catamaran, we assume for reasons of practical economy.

 

 

PLANETSOLAR SPECIFICATIONS

 

Length: 31 meters

Length with flaps: 35m
Width: 15 meters

Width with flaps: 23m

Height: 6.10 meters

Draft: 1.55m
Weight: 95 tons
Solar panels' Surface: 537 m2
Installed Solar Power : 93.5 kW (127.0 HP)
Cruise Speed: 10 knots, or 18,5 km/h
Maximum Speed: 15 knots, or 27 km/h

Average Daily distance covered: 63.25 nautical miles

Average distance per hour: 2.64 nautical miles

Crew: 4
Capacity: 40 people
Cockpit: 6,50 meters above water line
World Tour Duration: 585 days
Stopovers : 52
Countries visited : 28
Oceans crossed : 3
Seas crossed : 11
Kilometres covered : 60’006
Nautical miles covered : 37’000
Energy yield: roughly 260’000 kWh
Solar Cells: 38’000 with 18,8% yield
Maximum engine power : 120 kW
Average engine consumption : 20 kW (26.8 HP)

 

 

Earlier this year a solar powered catamaran named Sun 21, crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Basel to New York via Miami, a distance of 7,000 sea miles in 40 days and at an average speed of 7.3 knots.

 

 

SUN 21 SPECIFICATIONS

 

Length: 14 meters
Width: 6.6 meters
Weight: 12 tons
Solar panels' Surface: 65 m2
Installed Solar Power : 10 kW
Average Speed: 5-6 knots, or 18,5 km/h
Maximum Speed: 7.5 knots, or 27 km/h
Capacity: 6 people  

 

 

Set against this background, there are a number of high profile world class sailing events in which a potential sponsor might invest to attain a suitable sporty adventurous association but there are none so far as we are aware that embody all of the principles that we outline in this plan.

 

To minimise the risk to our sponsors and in turn maximise media returns we have increased the solar panel area of the Solar Navigator.  We have also reduced the build costs by using subcontractors and simplifying the design, reducing the construction to a number of basic structures, which are then assembled to create the whole.  This approach has the net effect of reducing the overall price tag of the project – which means a sponsor’s money goes further.  

 

Although we have made every effort to keep build costs down, rest assured we will be using state of the art motors, batteries and solar panels (please see appendices for details).

Your investment now will enable us to begin construction of the vessel and gain a valuable head start over other potential contenders.  In return for immediate funding we can offer prime billing as the main sponsor, hence you will be seen to be taking the lead risk wise, which will further enhance your corporate image.

 

 

 

SOLAR NAVIGATOR BUSINESS PLAN

 

 

 

 

In order to view the Appendices and other confidential information, investors will need to complete a Non Disclosure Agreement, which is available on request.

 

 

 

Electric solar powered wave piercing trimaran world circumnavigation

Solarnavigator is a battery electric trimaran with an extremely efficient active hull 

that runs on solar power = energy from nature. This hull form has never been

attempted before, nor has the use of wind energy been used in such manner for crew comfort.

 

 

 

 

Email:  Email 21st Century Caves  or phone UK:

 

+ 44 (0) 1323 831727    +44 (0) 7842 607865

 

Blueplanet Netdirect Productions, Solar House, BN27 1RF, United Kingdom

 

 

European Commission star circle logo 

 

Project Objectives

Galley | Paints | Screens | Diving

Project Estimates | Record Attempt | PR Events

Batteries | Alloys | Timber | Composites | Navigation | Hydraulics

Motors | Electronics | Solar Panels | Propeller | Transmission | Tooling | Life Support

Tank Testing (Model Construction)& Results

 

 

Nine Sigma logo. Accelerating the Innovation Cycle

 


 

 

 Kulo Luna, a John Storm adventure featuring the Solarnavigator, by Jameson Hunter  Cyber Wars, an adventure story (book) featuring John Storm and the Solar Navigator by Jameson Hunter

 

The design of the Solar Navigator boat has been licensed for use in

the John Storm series of books by Jameson Hunter - Filming, etc

 

 

 

 

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