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17-08-2019, 13:47   #1
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Solar Power Ships

The idea the future tourism would be based around solar power shipping was brought into a couple of other threads.

Is it possible to achieve and in what time frame?

Thanks for humouring my curiosity.
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17-08-2019, 18:56   #2
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I'd see it as a better solution that shipping would have batteries aboard and then charged in port by power sourced from renewable energy, I don't think solar onboard a ship could come close to covering the power needs required.
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You "only" get about 1KW of power per square metre from the sun on a good day. If your hardware is top notch 15% might make it to the prop. Years ago some bright spark had the idea to put a big long stick poking out of the middle of the boat and he'd attach a bit of cloth to that and let the wind blow it along but everyone is on such a tight schedule now to get back to their little apartment and cubicle and be back into the rat race even that system isn't good enough for most modern folk
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