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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.

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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.

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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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