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$0 Fuel Cost for Massive Yacht?

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How solar cells are taking over sea, sky and space
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Solar technology has evolved beyond just your grandpa's big, bulky photovoltaic panels on the roof. Advances in flexible, hyper-efficient and nano-scale materials of late has made it possible for solar cells to begin popping up in all kinds of shapes and places you might not expect. Here's a quick rundown of some surprising spots where solar technology dwells – be sure to flip through the gallery to get a full grasp on the scale of the increasingly solar-powered landscape.

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Way cool but.

I'm surprised and suspicious to see a claimed PV efficiency of 18.8% as the panels are laying flat, which makes for a legitimate rating only at noon on the equator.

The boat weighs 89 TONS, holds 64 people BUT only has an engine of about 90 HP with an average speed of 5 knots.... Right.

Tides and rivers can run waaay more than that. For example:

"The Gulf Stream has an average speed of four miles per hour", according to NOAA.

Somebody needs to stick some sails on this thing.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Yankee Clipper :: Full Sail

Under Full Sail :: Yankee Clipper

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I'm going to pass this on

To my son who is a finish carpenter for a yacht builder in the SeaTac area. The next project is a 270 footer for the Prince Of Dubai.

Where the heck are you supposed to


It was probably the pandas.


You're not a "Greenie"!

True - I did work in the biodiesel industry for seven years...

before leaving in disgust on learning that without tax breaks and special favors the industry wasn't viable.

It was probably the pandas.

Daryl Hannah brings