History of power catamarans designed by Solarwave



SOLARWAVE 46 – the worldwide first fully self-sufficient bluewater-power catamaran

There are hundreds of electric solar boats and thousands of hybrid yachts all over the world.   But Solarwave 46 is the first oceangoing catamaran which powers the propulsion as Solarwavewell as all household appliances exclusively by solar. This includes induction cooktops, stove, microwave, grill, freezers and fridges, air-conditioning, washing-machine, watermaker, even the dinghy-motor and the electric motorbike are solar-charged. No fuel and no gas on bord. But a lot of luxury for an electric boat- noiseless and fumeless.   With this unique concept of an independent energy-supply the Solaryacht started a rigorous 5 years sea-trial in January 2010. They crossed the whole of Europe by river, sailed the dangerous Black-Sea, the stormy Aegean and the Med. This experience of more than 140 weeks was also enjoyed by hundreds of guests and visiting journalists. The functionality and sea-capability of this yacht were fully scrutinised and passed with flying colours. Solarwave accommodated 6 – 8 guests with electrically prepared full board, water-production, cooling and heating. And on top of that Solarwave was able to power the engines – every day in any weather-conditions. In storms of force 9 as well as in calm, with sun, rain, cloudy sky, snowfall and ice. All exclusively with solar-power. During this period of 5 years there was no need for maintenance or repairworks, neither the solar-plant nor the batteries or the electric-engine. The generator, which has to be on board for safety-reasons, was working for 30 hours in five years – primarily to avoid becoming rusty …. during the same period of time the electric motors worked more than 2.000 hours …without any maintenance. This was the proof, that this technology is head and shoulders above all other types of propulsion. Do you know of another luxury sailing-yacht, that is able to sail more than 12.000 miles in all conditions, only using diesel for 30 hours? That is what Solarwave did!   This is the proof for the suitability for everyday use of the “Solarwave-System”.   The “Solarwave-System” has been awarded with the “Energy Globe Award” .

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