ELIZABETH SWAN - The graceful lines of this beautiful solar powered boat complements the zero carbon cruising ideal that many designers aspire to.
The Elizabeth Swan is an advanced boat inherited and completed by John Storm in time to enter the worlds first solar circumnavigation race starting and ending in Hawaii. She is said to be the world's fastest solar powered vessel with twin solar panel arrays that track the sun and quad wind turbines as the power source; all harvested from nature.
The Seashine is a fast, high tech solar boat that is competing in the Round the World Solar Boat Race .....
KULO LUNA - Is the story of a giant humpback whale and her friend Kana, who is killed by pirate whalers in the south pacific ocean. Enraged by the death of the young whale, Kulo attacks the pirate ship, finally sinking it, but getting herself wounded in the process.
A Japanese cartel put a $multi-million dollar bounty on her head, when another whaling ship gives chase. Before not too long the media hear of the hunt and betting begins all around the world. At this point our hero, Johnny Storm, abandons a solar boat race to try and help the whale where his boat, the Elizabeth Swan, is not far away from the last sighting.
John rescues Kulo from being eaten by sharks, but that is just the beginning of their adventure, as the pirates whalers close in for the kill ........
One of the reasons why the Elizabeth Swan is so hard to beat is that she has an active hull that partly rides under the water to reduce wave and skin friction drag. Above the water, robotics control the energy harvesting apparatus to maximize the efficiency of a relatively small photovoltaic collection area.
TEST TANK MODELS - Scale model boats are used to predict the performance of ships at sea. The above is a working, proof of concept boat in 1/20th scale, of the SeaVax - an ocean cleaning vessel that is designed to work in fleets to clean toxic plastic waste from the marine environment.
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MARINE LIFE - This humpback whale is one example of a magnificent animal that is at the mercy of human activity. Humans are for the most part unaware of the harm their fast-lane lifestyles are causing. We aim to change that by doing all we can to promote ocean literacy.
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