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Published: Friday, 14 December 2018

The SolarImpact Yacht, from Swiss company SolarImpact Yacht AG, will make its virtual Germany premiere at the Boot Düsseldorf (January 19-27, 2019), at stand D27 in Hall 7a. The Zurich-headquartered company is offering virtual tours at their stand with the use of 3D glasses. A team of experts will also be available to answer questions one-on-one through advance registration.

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SolarImpact AG relies on solar-based energy supply and optimized SWATH construction for innovation in modern shipbuilding. The vision of a seagoing solar yacht with futuristic modern aesthetics was realised after five years of research work. This design concept was developed to combine luxurious comfort, modern design and sustainability and to make it seaworthy.

This new yacht also has two aspects taken into account: heavy seas and high noise. The innovative solar yacht glides almost silently and without wavering - even over meter-high waves - thanks to the hull technology based on the 1938 SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) construction principle, which was previously reserved only for special vessels. Two torpedo-shaped buoyancy bodies under the water surface carry the SolarImpact Yacht. This achieves a physical wave decoupling that reduces the yacht's roll and pitch by up to 90 percent. Even in heavy seas, it lies calmly in the water without swaying.

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SolarImpact recognised that this principle offers another invaluable advantage: significant reduction in energy consumption. All systems on board use the sun as the primary source of energy. The solar drive is not only environmentally friendly, but also extremely quiet.

"SolarImpact stands for state-of-the-art in shipbuilding in terms of fluid mechanics, highly efficient energy technologies and sustainability," commented Werner Vögeli, CEO of SolarImpact Yacht AG. "Our yacht concept avoids noise and CO2 emissions and is therefore an important step towards maritime e-Mobility."

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The solar yacht is not only almost completely self-sufficient energy-wise, it is also exceptionally fast with a top speed of over 20 knots. The reason for this is the choice of technical components, which together allow a high overall efficiency of the yacht and are optimally controlled by the use of artificial intelligence (AI). All important systems are highly automated so that the yacht can be maneuvered by just one person.

"In terms of usability, comfort and individual freedom, our yacht sets new standards. At the same time, it meets the increasing need to permanently move the center of life to the water, "explains Vögeli.

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The 78-foot yacht offers 340 square meters of luxurious and functional living space on three levels, as well as a wide range of options in terms of interior design, lighting, climate and sound solutions. The primary energy required for this purpose also provides a total of 300 square meters of solar space, with all important components being redundantly installed. A diesel generator additionally guarantees the comprehensive operational safety of the yacht even in unfavorable weather conditions, such as prolonged cloud cover.

SolarImpact relies on the cooperation with well-known European technology partners. The drive technology and energy supply were developed in close cooperation with the Austrian Kreisel Electric GmbH & Co KG, which is known for developing battery packs that are among the world's lightest and most efficient high-performance batteries. For energy generation, SolarImpact is cooperating with the American supplier SunPower, whose solar cells currently have the highest possible efficiency. Solbian, a specialist supplier of flexible solar modules, uses these cells to produce the flexible panels that are ultimately installed on the yacht.

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Vögeli continues, "The yacht concept introduced by us is taking an important step towards maritime eMobility by avoiding noise and CO2 emissions. It also gives us a special incentive for investors who would not only be investing in a promising future technology, but the purchase of the yacht also pays into an environmental fund, which serves to preserve and rebuild the environment."

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