VIDEO: Around the World, Zero Emission

Published on October 7th, 2016

A skipper with double nationality from New Zealand and USA, Conrad Colman settled in Lorient, France in 2009 to pursue his dreams of offshore racing. Since then he has raced the Mini Transat, Route du Rhum, won the Global Ocean Race and completed his last round the world race on a 60ft IMOCA in the Barcelona World Race.

The biggest challenge is just ahead with the Vendée Globe 2016 fast approaching, and Colman’s goal is to race around the world without using any fossil fuels.

Today’s racing yachts need a lot of power for wind instruments, autopilots, and communication. Meteorological data is downloaded and courses plotted to gain the best speed and direction, reports are sent to sponsors and race control.

To achieve his goal, energy on the boat will be produced by solar panels integrated to the mainsailand connected to an electric motor from Oceanvolt. The motor will also function as a generator because the propeller will turn when the boat moves through the water, making clean green energy.

The energy will be stored in 9 batteries, providing power for up to one week when the sun doesn’t shine, and the yacht is moving too fast to allow propeller powered generation!

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Video published on Oct 7, 2016

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