Styrian power on the high seas: the largest solar system afloat

The Styrian solar module manufacturer SOLBIAN is supplying the largest solar system ever to be installed on a luxury sailing yacht. The system will supply the superyacht Baltic 146 PATH with up to 50kWh of electricity per day and provide power for navigation, lighting and entertainment.

Quietly saving CO2

A custom-made system has been developed by SOLBIAN Solar in collaboration with Baltic Yachts and the design office judel/vrolijk & co. The photovoltaic panels have been integrated in the roof of the 44.6 metre long yacht, directly under the main sail. This ensures noiseless operation of the yacht’s electronics. And there is a potential saving of up to 4.5 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Up to 18 hours of running time

The yacht systems that are connected, such as navigation electronics, autopilot, lighting and entertainment, can be supplied with power for over seven hours, and even for up to 18 hours when connected to an integrated 44 kWh battery bank. The biggest challenge at sea is shade, notes SOLBIAN managing director Michael Körner. The solar panels are connected in series. And the weakest link in that chain determines how much electricity can be generated. For this reason, the company has developed a technology that can always be used to bridge those panels currently in the shade. The luxury sailing yacht has already successfully completed its Styrian-powered maiden voyage: at the Monaco Yacht Show.


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