The 60 square meters of solar panels produce 30 to 50 kWh of energy per day, enough to power all on-board electronic equipment for about seven hours.
Baltic Yachts began delivery in July of its Baltic Way 146, which includes an 8,714 watt solar roof and an energy storage system designed by Solbian Solar using the company’s pedestrian solar modules.
Recently some of the technical work of the yacht has been shared online. Constructed from 1,742 monocrystalline solar cells, many of the 86 solar panels were custom cut to fit the shape of the bridge by the Solibian team in Italy. The units were based on Super Rugged Series (SR).
The SR series has solar cell busbar technology developed by Merlin Solar. In one video, the Merlin team walks over the solar panel, throws bags of cement into it, and even shoots it with a bow and arrows in an effort to prove the product’s resilience. The company said its bus bar technology makes this type of abuse possible.
The 60 square meters of solar panels produce 30 to 50 kWh of energy per day. The company said that was enough to power all on-board electronic equipment, including navigation, autopilot, lighting and entertainment, for about seven hours.
Once the sun goes down, a Mastervolt MLI The 44 kWh LiFePO4 battery allows the diesel generator to remain mostly off, providing generally quiet operation for 14-18 hours.
The Baltic Yacht solar system is about half the size of the Silent 60’s solar storage system plus 16.8 kWdp. The Silent 60 is a solar powered yacht less than half the length and price of the Baltic yacht. , which reaches 6 to 8 knots with solar energy alone. The Path does not have electric propulsion and therefore relies on diesel engines when the wind drops.
Since the Path uses a sail for propulsion, the team installed 154 bypass diodes and 12 strings of solar panels and trackers – Mastervolt SCM-60 MPPTS – in an effort to maximize power output and minimize the effect of sail shadows on the panels. The entire solar system, including wiring, controllers and small parts, weighs less than 300 kg, the company said.
Road 146 has a total length of 146 feet. The yacht can accommodate eight in addition to the shipowner, as well as eight crew members. Path carries two tenders, an 8 hp Torqeedo outboard electric RIB and a 6.5m twin-engine RibEye. There are also two ultra-light Reverso Match dinghies.
When the forward tender is deployed, its storage container can be transformed into a swimming pool.
The ship’s main diesel engine is a six-cylinder Scania 405 kW (550 hp). The specific model is not listed, but the “DI13 092M IMO Tier III, EU Stage IIIA”Lines up with all stats and looks like the unit in a video of the motor being installed.
The owner’s suite includes a sleeping cabin and a living room with a glass partition that doubles as a cinema screen, television and navigation information. An upper living room has a 2.7m long video wall.
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