RFC: Solar-powered Yacht Design

The client’s goal is to improve the design of its solar-powered ship to improve visibility for passengers without compromising the surface area used for placement of solar panels. 


With the rising cost of energy and interest in protecting the environment, solar-powered ships are becoming both more practical and more desirable. Modern design makes it possible to run a vessel as large as 31 meters at speeds of up to 14 knots, entirely on solar energy.1 Currently, the standard design for most vessels involves solar panels covering the roof of the ship and storing the energy in lithium-ion batteries below-deck.

The array of solar panels covering the roof of the ship, while functional, places an unwanted frame around the passenger’s view. A more open design would improve visibility while still providing passengers with shelter from the elements.

Technology Reserve’s client seeks design innovation in solar powered ships.



1 Sarah Griffith, “The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat: The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar,” The Daily Mail, August 2013, online edition. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ article-2405853/The-worlds-largest-SOLAR-boat-powered-809-panels-Eco-friendly- vessel-breaks-world-record-crossing-Atlantic-just-22-days–completely-silent.html

An ideal expert partner has:

  • Proven experience with ship design
  • Experience with solar energy harvesting.
  • Innovative designs and the ability to produce a prototype for the ship’s roof and/or redesign of the layout of the solar panels on the existing roof architecture.

Region of request: Asia

Requirement for onsite work: No

 For inquiries, contact Astha Vijay, astha@techreserve.com