I've just returned from my summer holidays in Spain during which I was on a unique catamaran.
The boat represents a feat in Spanish (and global!) engineering: It claims to be the first boat in the world to be powered exclusively by solar and wind energy.
This catamaran is totally sustainable: It produces zero emissions, zero waste, no effluents and no noise pollution. It was entirely designed and built in Spain with Spanish components (apart from some Austrian engine components). Its 20 semi-transparent solar panels and 4 wind turbines generate all the energy the boat needs.
It's called Helios Cousteau, named after Jacques Cousteau's son, Pierre-Yves Cousteau, the boat's godfather. It seats 80, is 6 meters wide and 19 meters long. It offers educational and tourist trips on Spain's largest glacial lake, lake Sanabria located in Zamora province, where I was born.
Have you seen similar boats? How far are we from a future when all boats are powered by clean energy?
Category: Sustainable energy: Solar, Wind
Location: Sanabria Lake, Zamora, Spain