3D-Printed Sailboat Powered by Solar Energy
The Kira Yacht features solar cells in the sail for a zero carbon footprint
Industrial designer Sebastian Campos Moller has designed a sailboat with integrated solar cells in the horizontal ribs of its sail, allowing the boat to collect solar energy to power its electric engine and other components.
Moller's Kira Hybrid Sail-Yacht is designed to “bridge the gap between sailing and motor yachting.” The designer adapted the lead in the keel of the boat into batteries that are powered by the solar cells in the sail.
The solar-powered vessel has a simple and minimalist style and was designed to perform as well as any other performance yachts and sailboats and yet be comfortable and easy enough to be managed by those who are not experienced sailors. According to Moller, the 40-meter vessel was designed to be controlled via computer and sailed by a crew of just one person.