A team of design engineering students at the Royalton High Schoolhave crafted a sustainable zero-emission boat that is powered by onboard solar panels. Christened Tropheus, the boat was made from the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society’s annual solar regatta.
The boat received first place trophy for innovative design and took a second place trophy in the experimental performance category. The bodyof the boat was built using a fiberglass mold that was designed by thestudent team but built by the Larson Boat Company.
The deck, 100 inches long and 70 inches wide has been made fromaluminum tubing, foam and fiberglass. The zero-emission boat ispropelled by two electric motors that are remote controlled. Onboardbatteries are charged by a photovoltaic solar panel placed in thespoiler. Tropheus also features digital gauges, GPS, rear and front view cameras and an updraft ventilation system that pulls cool air fromwater surface.
Via: Brainerd Dispatch
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