TESLA ON THE WATER
Asolar-powered electric catamaran is being touted as a sustainable solution for water taxi services, dive operations and reef excursions.
Developed by Dutch company Soel Yachts and built by Salthouse in Auckland, the Soelcat 12 runs silently and cuts CO2 emissions, says company co-founder Joep Koster. It can carry 16 people.
With an installed battery capacity of 2 x 60 kwh, the cat’s standard operational profile is set at a cruising speed of eight knots with a range of six hours. It has a maximum speed of 14 knots.
With the sun shining the vessel’s cruising speed range is extended to 7.5 hours. Lowering the speed to the so-called ‘break-even speed’ of six knots pushes the range to 24 hours.
During downtime, the vessel turns into a mobile power station, able to supply up to 15KVA for land-based facilities. This is sufficient energy for up to five households. Communities in the Pacific, nature reserves and water-based resorts can become self-sufficient ecodestinations, producing their own clean energy.
The Soelcat 12 is designed for easy delivery to the global market. Engineered as a smart modular vessel, the vessel can be disassembled and transported to any location in two 40ft containers. For more information visit www.soelyachts.com
During downtime the vessel can operate as a mobile power station.