Discover the solar energy of our ambassador vessel
“The Race for Water Foundation is demonstrating that a zero emissions future is not a utopia — it is already becoming reality. UN Environment is proud to support this innovative vessel’s round-the-world Odyssey. This adventure will demonstrate the power of renewable energies and stimulate the search for new solutions to conserve our oceans against the threat of plastic pollution.”
Erik Solheim, Director of the UN Environment Programme
Aware that plastics are not the only source of pollution the ocean has to face, Race for Water is committed to energy transition.
How solar panels work ?
- Conversion: Solar energy (luminosity) is converted into electric energy via photovoltaic cells.
- Storage: Electric energy generated by photovoltaic cells is stored in batteries.
- Power supply: The energy contained in the batteries powers an engine that drives the propeller.
Obtaining energy via solar panels is a technology that has proven its worth. However, there are still limitations regarding batteries. The current models are not able to store energy for several weeks without loss. Furthermore, they are cumbersome and heavy, with a limited lifespan of around five years. In our view, the future lies in the energy mix.