USA Today has a short article this week about the Serpentine Solar Shuttle, an all-stainless-steel passenger ferry powered entirely by the sun. The Shuttle is equipped with 27solar panels and two electrical engines allowing it to reach a maximum distance of 82 miles loaded with 42 passengers.
It's not fast, but it is clean and, according to it's designer, Christoph Behling, it's the "most technologically advanced shuttle in the world." The boat cost 20% more than a diesel boat of the same size and goes about 20% as fast, but it produces 100% less pollution. Behling hopes that this boat will help spur development of further solar-powered transport.
The Shuttle is also designed to be plugged into Brittain's power grid when not in operation, turning the boat into a miniature power plant.
The next step for Behling is a 300 passenger ferry designed to run on the Thames scheduled for launch in 2008.
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