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Sun And Wind Powered Ferry


It's so dashed logical that a ferry should be powered by sun (which it's in fully half the time) and wind (which it's in nearly all the time) that Hornblower Yachts is teaming up with Australia's Solar Sailor to do exactly that. Costing between 3 and 4 million pounds each, they'll emit half the pollutants of a conventional ferry and start operations in 2008. The solar power comes from a central wing (which also functions as a sail) which is covered with solar panels. If the wind gets too high, the wing folds up, and the ferry goes back to diesel power. [GT]

World's first sun and wind-powered ferry [via Spluch]

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October 27, 2006 in Transport & travel | Permalink


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