The "Solar Sailor" is the world's largest solar powered vehicle carrying 100 passengers and two crew. It is the first commercial vehicle in the world to be powered by the sun and wind and to use these in combination. A computer controls the vessel’s Hybrid Power System to integrate, optimise and control available solar and wind power in conjunction with backup batteries and an LPG generator, ensuring versatility and reliability for commercial operations.
The vessel’s unique and simple Solar Wings are used to sail and collect solar energy at the same time. The vessel debuted on Sydney Harbour in June 2000, operating as a tourist and media shuttle during the Sydney Olympics.
Renewable energy hybrid power is advantageous for the owner, passengers and the community. It is cheap to run, quiet and offers zero water pollution, low wash, and low fumes. The hybrid power systems can be adapted to the customer's application and sold as part of a whole vessel or separately as packages to boat builders.