The greening of power boating: 30knots/hour
SNEEK ~ Vripack, the Dutch naval architecture, design and engineering company, has received a 2013 green environmental award special mention from UIM, the International Motorboat Federation. It praised Vripack for “greening the sport” of power boating.
Vripack Director Bart Bouwhuis says the V20 Solar Racer is designed to “promote the ultimate synergy of nature, motion and innovation within the motor racing sport.” Honing expertise in innovation and scientific development lets Vripack deliver “high quality design, architecture and engineering,” he added.
The V20 is a light-weight, composite vessel. Its solar cells can store the sun’s energy in lithium-ion batteries or convert it directly to the propeller. A sophisticated battery management system helps the pilot determine the ideal speed. With sufficient energy yield, the boat can sail on 100% solar energy while recharging the battery at the same time. Its top speed is around 30 km/hr.
The V20 will take part in the 2014 DONG Energy Solar Challenge (June 28-July 5) in the Netherlands. Adjustable foils lift the V20 from the water. Providing additional lift is the craft’s wing-shaped hull. After the DONG Energy Solar Challenge, the V20 will run in the July 10-14 Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup, an event co-sponsored by The Monaco Yacht Club and Vripack.