Eco Innovator March 2012
Solar Sailor Launches Prototype
Solar Sailor and partner Forgacs
Engineering have launched a prototype of the world's first Unmanned Ocean
Vessel (UOV) to be powered by wind and solar energy.
The launch was at the Pacific
2012 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney over late January and
Deputy premier and minister
for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said "NSW companies Solar
Sailor and Forgacs Engineering are combining their renewable technology
and shipbuilding expertise to design, prototype, build and market this
new vessel which is expected to be a global game-changer.
"It will provide national
governments and other users with an unmanned vessel that can potentially
spend an unlimited amount of time at sea using only wind and solar energy.
"This will offer opportunities
in a range of potential areas - from coastal surveillance, national security
and military applications to scientific, weather and oceanography monitoring."