The solar powered goliath that circumnavigated the world (18 HQ Photos)

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  • LaurenGoMeow

    #18 beautiful

    • Yeah

      Are you referring to your intensedebate pic? Because I am.

      • Kristen

        Excellent line. I'm sure she'll beg for your penis in her vagina…fuckin' dumbass.

        • Jenny

          You live a sad little life don't you? I like it when guys compliment my looks. Oh well, KCCO :)

        • Woop

          Hahaha owned him. lol

          • Kristen

            Lol? What are you 12? Shut the fuck up.

  • Mikey

    Sailboats use wind :)

    • assman

      wind is technically solar powered :)

      • Epitomizer

        Don't bother him with facts.

    • A BiPolar Guy

      They also get becalmed. Besides this is more about proof of concept and modt of all because it had never been done. It was THERE, damn it!

  • Nick911

    I wanna see inside!

    • Deep Dish

      Last time I said that, I got a drink thrown in my face.

      • Guest

        Literally LOL'd to that DD. Thanks! :)

  • Csubi

    Remember how big cell phones were when they first came out? I can't wait to see what this technology will look like in 20 years.

    • Don Terry

      Have you seen solar technology from 20 years ago??

      • A BiPolar Guy

        Wider adoption of solar will push innovation and improvement. Some tech lies unchanged for decades and then takes off

    • really?

      it will look the same……

  • beserker

    i love the fact that this was done only with solar power…

    • guy

      pity you could do it with wind in half the time

    • Bill57

      so do i as its the first solely powered goliath to circumnavigate (that mean go the whole way around) the world (the world is what globes look like only bigger) and cauwse its solar it uses sun and not fuel except it converts the sun to a type of fuel. great post thanks chive

      • Don Terry

        Are you Bill Nye??

  • @TheRealGroome

    It's not really innovative… Buy big boat. Stick solar panels all over big boat.

    Solar panels aren't new, and motorised boats have been cruising around the world for decades.

    • Tanner Fincher

      Haha Dam right

    • wtf

      Dude say spoiler alert before you say crap like that!

    • Woop

      Yeah good one. Thanks for showing that you have no idea how things work. Do you know how many solar panels you'll need to move a conventional boat? The fact is that the panels have certain yields in the sun-to-electricity conversion and in most cases thats like 10-15%. Which means you'll need a fuckton of panels for a normal boat. Thats why these guys built such a lightweight boat so they can move it and move it fast with considerably less energy. That's where the engineering genius is – lightweight, aerodynamic and slices through the water without toppling like a origami sail. Ignorance must be bliss for you because it makes you believe you know everything.

      • Big Joe

        I think you mean hydrodynamic

        • Epitomizer

          I think you mean, that he thinks he means both.

  • pitaru

    Swiss flag! There's no sea in Switzerland.
    Anyway the idea is here, now big enterprises have to keep developing and make it afordable.

    • Thomas Rufer

      and switzerland still won the america's cup twice.

      • xrt

        They were in the finals twice, won once.

  • Cutthroat Annie

    #11 It's a 27 million dollar seal taxi.

    • Impressed

      Seals deserve love too

      • Kristen


    • Static

      seems inefficient that the props arent full submerged?

      • HatBomb

        I imagine they did a little engineering in that area with their 27 million bucks, I'd be willing to bet there is a good good reason they are designed as they are.

      • NcouthYouth

        My Thoughts exactly… also that the hull is the shape it is without it actually being in contact with the water…. seems odd

  • james

    #11 awww

    • Woody

      They should club those motherfuckers to death.

      • Dr_StrangePants

        begone troll,
        I came to see the aquatic version of a puppy

  • adasads

    It would be nice if they could put atleast a small sundeck up on that thing so you hangout outside sometimes when you sail across the globe

    • HatBomb

      It looks like the panels are pretty durable, I imagine it really is one giant sundeck, I'm sure they laid out some towels and did some sunbathing on that massive bow.

  • @iamdarktickpark

    very cool. happy friday.

  • Mike Engler

    It seems to me, there are two areas that ought to be addressed. First, the solar panels should track the sun, maximize their utility. Not hard to do with today's computer tracking capability. The other would be a windmill or two to take advantage of the strong ocean winds. More "free" energy.
    Jus' sayin'

    • Wisti

      solar panels can only absorb so much energy at a time and they have nothing blocking the rays when they're in the middle of the ocean…As for windmills, they don't work as well as you think if they aren't stationary, especially for the 40k minimum one would cost. I doubted they wanted to pay that much for something to make them less aerodynamic. Plus then they wouldn't be the first "solely" solar powered ship.

    • cjuncosa

      A 'windmill' taking advantage of stung ocean winds sounds an awful lot like a 'sail'

    • six-four

      No, solar trackers on a boat is idiotic.
      1) More moving parts = more things to break
      2) The best *energy density* for a PV array is always blanketing a surface in panels. You can get more energy out of an individual panel by tracking the sun, but in a space constrained application (like a roof or a boat), you simply want to pack as many panels in as you can. You simply can't get as many panels in a limited space if you use trackers because the trackers shade each other unless you spread them out (something we call the "ground cover ratio," or GCR).

      Finally, for your comment about a windmill on a boat, I'll kindly refer you to the 1st law of thermodynamics: energy can only be transferred, never created nor destroyed. In other words, you can't use the forward motion of the ship through the atmosphere to create additional energy through a wind turbine. At best, with 100% efficiency, you are turning your own kinetic energy (the energy you have when you're moving) into electrical energy.

      P.S. I work for the company that manufactured the cells for that boat. No, I won't tell you who.

      • Djblue

        aw, why not tell us? it's awesome!

  • Jaylock

    Technically not all solar powered circumnavigation. You don't go through the panama canal under your own power. Your vessel is towed using carbon based fuels. Still pretty cool.

    • brian

      It is if they went around south america not through the canal.

      • Oliver Vorian Wang

        But which route did they finally take, Panama Canal or Straits of Magellan?

    • Rich Gano

      Been through the Panama Canal several times. You are only towed a few hundred feet in the locks by electric locomotives. So that distance really doesn't count. On a small vessel, we were not towed at all. It is possible this vessel was small enough to have not required the locomotive tugs and may indeed have motored under its own power ALL the way around the world.

  • bukssna

    But I wanted to see how it looked from the inside….

    • Simon

      Same here

    • Xander

      Ditto. 40 shots of the same cells — I wanted to see their living conditions.

  • Shannon Coverdale

    I need one

    • Kristen

      One, what? A new name?

  • Kevin

    Wow it almost goes 6 mph. It's a good idea being solar powered and everything but I could kayak around the world quicker

    • ur_kryptonite

      Challenge accepted. Grab your kayak and get paddling

  • Retired Navy

    No deck space + No pool= no babes

  • @Speedstripe

    Surley a regular sailboat would've been more environmentally friendly…

    I do though think that its a good idea to look for greener power sources.
    But I don't think many people realize what it takes, industrially, to make solar panels and batteries.

    • Egor

      It's awesome when common sense prevails. Nice comment Speedstripe.

    • six-four

      I agree, but I think this was intended to be a proof of concept and to be a showcase of the potential of solar energy, rather than a practical transportation suggestion.

  • GeeROiD

    Solar energy is cool but solar panels are not free.

    • Xander

      No but, eventually, they pay for themselves.

      • Wrong

        No they don't. They're lifespan is shorter than the payoff time.

  • twoscrewsloose

    a ship under sail does the same thing and looks better

  • sad leafs fan

    would have taken only a year if the propellers were actually fully submerged … #14

    • _DoC_

      I thought the same thing. Although I'm wondering if that wasn't by design being that the power to the props wouldn't be sufficient to turn them if they were fully submerged.

      • cjuncosa

        Electric motors have astronomically high torque curves compared to combustion engines. Those motors could turn those props in a sea of peanut butter.

        • _DoC_

          Well then I'm back to wondering why they didn't submerge them completely. Anyone know of any advantages to this?

    • Bob

      Also look at how close they're mounted to the rear of the pontoons. I don't see how they can push much water with them blocked like that.

    • harveyBirdman ATAL

      they are called props not propellers leafs fan.

      • Unfkngblvbl

        I can't believe you actually hit submit after typing that comment.

    • Woody

      i wanna see how this thing takes on some big waves

  • Cesar Villa

    #11 i'm on a boat bitch!

  • Kodos

    So what did they do on cloudy days? Row?

    Could this thing handle a hurricane?

    • six-four

      They used batteries to store electrical energy. The panels produce more power than it takes to run the engines, so on sunny days, the batteries get charged while it's motoring. Unfortunately, I don't know how moch storage capacity they had.

  • Truth

    When we can get anywhere in the world within a day, unless you live in an apocalyptic no oil future this is pretty pointless.

    • Hry

      You mean the apocalyptic no oil future, which is getting closer every day and no-one's really doing anything about?

      • Real

        Besides drilling for more oil? Exploring new drilling areas? Learning to extract oil from oil sands? Get more oil out of old wells? As the price of oil goes up, people find more oil.

  • Popps97

    I'm not seeing this as very amazing. A boat with sails *aka a sailboat* can make this trip in less than a year..

    • Underhill

      This vessel made numerous stops along the way.

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