Sunreef Yachts recently launched the all-electric Sunreef 80 Eco, a fully-autonomous craft using green tech for fuel-free cruising.
The Sunreef 80 Eco’s solar power system features ultralight composite-integrated solar panels within the hull sides, mast, superstructure and bimini roof. Using an industry-first technology, the photovoltaic system can deliver up to 36 kWp.
“We take a great step forward with this truly pioneering yacht. Renewable energy is the key element in the design of the Sunreef 80 Eco. Thanks to a revolutionary solar power system, hydro-generation and performance sails, the Sunreef 80 Eco provides full autonomy, relying on the sun, water and wind,” stated Francis Lapp, Sunreef Yachts Founder and President.
Generating Energy Under Sail
The yacht’s wind-free propulsion comes from twin 180kW electric engines. While under sail, this cat recovers energy from the passive motion of the two propellers thanks to an advanced hydro generation system. The energy obtained will be used to power both the propulsion and house appliances. The system will be able to generate over 15 kWh while sailing above 7 know.
(Sunreef 80 Eco, here is the all-electric catamaran – barchemagazine.com – January 2022)