SolarImpact AG is set to reveal its design for the world’s first ocean-going solar yacht at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival. The innovative design concept, based on five years of research, combines luxury and convenience with sustainability, as the yacht uses solar energy and features an optimised SWATH construction. The 24-metre motor yacht will offer 340 square metres of living space across three levels, with a range of options regarding interior decor, lighting and sound solutions. Featuring four double cabins in addition to a master cabin, she can accommodate up to ten guests. The primary energy source onboard is solar as SolarImpact features 300 m2 of solar cells, but she also features a diesel aggregate which ensures her overall operating reliability even in unfavourable weather conditions. The hull technology used for the solar yacht design is based on the Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) construction principle, which ensures the yacht is able to glide smoothly and nearly silently through the ocean even in the toughest of weather conditions. All systems on board the SolarImpact also use solar energy as their primary energy source, which makes the yacht design both environmentally friendly as well as quiet. "Our yacht concept avoids noise and CO2 emissions and is therefore an important step towards electric mobility in the maritime sector,” comments Werner Vögeli, CEO of SolarImpact Yacht AG.In addition to being nearly self-sufficient in terms of energy, SolarImpact is also fast, with a top speed of 22 knots. This is due to the technical components used, which collectively ensure the yacht’s overall efficiency is optimally controlled using artificial intelligence. "Our yacht sets new standards when it comes to user-friendliness, convenience and individual freedom. At the same time it caters to a growing desire to trend towards moving one's centre of life permanently onto the water,” adds Vögeli.Visitors at the Palais stand in Cannes will be able to examine a virtual 3D model of the solar yacht and learn more about her features.
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