Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization “National Center for Engineering contests and competitions” made a catamaran powered by a solar panel specifically for the expedition named «Ecovolna» (eng.meaning “Ecowave”). Electric catamaran with no single drop of combustible fuel successfully covered the distance from the Baltic to the Caspian Sea.
The vessel was engaged in St. Petersburg. The boat units are different: Russian and foreign. Most of the components on board – Russian production: solar panels are made by Hevel (Novocheboksarsk), batteries – company “Liotech” (Novosibirsk), rechargeable batteries – “Liotech” (Novosibirsk), electronics – “Microart” (Moscow).
The developer of the solar elements and modules is R&D Center TFTE.
|Board height||1.3 m.|
|Passenger capacity||12 people|
|Total weight||about 5,000 kg.|
|Gross area of solar cells||57 m2.|
|Total capacity||11 kWt.|
|LIB capacity||70 kWt.|
|Two engines||4 kW/h.|
|Max. speed||15 km/h.|
|Operating speed||10 km/h.|
Thanks to Russian high-tech production companies («Hevel», “Lyotekh”, “Microart”) a small eco-friendly vessel was designed to run the route from the Baltic to the Caspian Sea. People all over the world improve and develop eco-technics to reduce negative impact on the environment.
The expedition, which started on May 19 in St. Petersburg, was completed in Astrakhan on September