Solar Ships for the new Millennium

Theodor Schmidt, TO Engineering, Steffisburg, Switzerland


Solar boats are the 20th century's main innovation in water transport and the beginning of a new era in the new millenium. Already they have grown from a novelty to an industry. Recent years have seen the rapid development of larger solar craft. These scale up favourably, as the main source of resistance through the water, wetted surface friction, increases slightly less rapidly than the increased area available for solar cells, and resistance due to wave-making becomes less and less important.

The following attempts to list the recent development of larger passenger solar and electric craft: