Like Projet Sol'R, the Turtle Airship would also use photovoltaics on its exterior. With such a large vessel, covering the exterior with lightweight, thin-film solar panels to provide power for propulsion and on-board use is a very obvious concept. These photovoltaics could provide up to 45 kW of electricity for the ship. For backup, the vessel would have a diesel generator on board, using biodiesel fuel. Because the vessel would operate at lower altitudes, there are fewer concerns about problems with the diesel fuel.
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