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A solar boat to cross the Atlantic

A solar-powered boat.We have all heard of a solar-powered car. How about a solar-powered boat which is entirely dependent on sunlight?

A group of Swiss people will soon attempt to realize the first Atlantic crossing with a solar boat. This ship, named "sun21", is a 14-meter-long catamaran able to sleep 5 or 6 persons. The goal is to leave Seville, Spain, in December 2006 and to reach ports in Florida and New York in the spring of 2007. This solar-powered boat will achieve its 7,000 miles trip at a speed of 5-6 knots (10-12 km/h) by using photovoltaic cells and without spending a single gallon of fuel.

It will be the first solar boat ever to cross the Atlantic: entirely dependent on sunlight, not consuming one drop of gasoline. It might just enter the Guinness Book of Records. The boat will cost about $556,000 to build and it will be for sale at some point after its crossing.

Link & Image: Roland Piquepaille via Slashdot
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