Swedish yacht designer Dennis Ingemansson and Turkey-based Ned Ship Group are collaborating on a 42-meter catamaran known as the “Solar Dream.” The catamaran features a 360 square meter solar cell area as well as a hybrid propulsion solution with additional “e” engines for eco-friendly cruising.
The Solar Dream’s hull will be constructed from carbon fiber composites. The mast is height adjustable, making it easy to go under bridges of various sizes. At approximately 1000 gross tons, the composite yacht is expected to reach a top speed of 22 knots thanks to twin MTU 16V 200 M70s.
The Solar Dream will contain 580 square meters of interior space, which Ingemansson says “offers a luxurious experience, with three guest rooms that can accommodate ten people and double owner’s suites.” The catamaran’s control room can also house four crew members and a captain.
The Solar Dream is the latest addition to a growing global trend: “green yachting.” Back in 2012, the Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, successfully circumnavigated the globe with just solar power. The boat features carbon/epoxy sandwich construction to reduce weight as much as possible and minimize propulsion requirements.
Last year, Switzerland-based SOLARWAVE AG unveiled its own solar electric catamaran featuring a full carbon fiber body. SOLARWAVE AG says by using carbon/epoxy composites, it reduces the weight of its catamaran by 50 percent.
In 2020, an autonomous, solar-powered trimaran, the Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS), will attempt to go across the Atlantic Ocean. The MARS sports a glass/aramid/foam composite hull and a carbon composite deck tough enough to protect its expensive research equipment from the dangers of the open sea.