Yes, This Is a Solar-Electric Yacht

The Soel Yachts 62 has a reported top-end speed of 14 knots.

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Soel Yachts 62
Soel Yachts’ Soel 62 has 44 solar panels that generate 17.6 kWp of solar energy. Courtesy Soel Yachts

Soel Yachts in the Netherlands has released plans for the Soel 62, a solar-electric yacht that, the builder says, can achieve a top-end speed of 14 knots.

The yacht has an integrated solar roof made of 44 panels that generate 17.6 kWp of solar energy, which is equivalent to 50 kWh. According to the company, its “active cooling system for solar panels” is able to harvest 15 percent to 20 percent more energy than other designs.

That amount of energy feeds into one of two propulsion systems that owners can select, called “Cruise” and “Power.”

The Cruise setup has a pair of 100 kW electric motors, 282 kWh of lithium battery capacity and a 100 kW DC generator, reportedly allowing for a cruising speed of 8 knots and a top speed of 10 knots.

The Power setup has a pair of 200 kW electric motors, 424 kWh of lithium battery capacity and a 150 kW DC generator, reportedly providing a cruising speed of 10 knots and a top-end speed of 14 knots.

Both setups have DC fast-charging capabilities, as well as normal AC single and three-phase shore power charging.

What are the guest spaces like? The interior has four staterooms for as many as nine guests, as well as quarters for three crew. There’s an open galley with a bar, along with a cockpit that has a day head and barbecue.

Take the next step: go to soelyachts.com

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