60-foot Hydrogen-Powered Boat to Race in Vendee Globe

Scheduled to race in next year’s Vendée Globe, the IMOCA 60 Acciona, skippered by Javier Sanso, is a 60-foot sailboat featuring 100% eco-friendly navigation.

Built in New Zealand and designed by engineer Owen Clarke, Acciona has replaced the diesel engine that generates electricity for electronic equipment, and allows navigation at reduced speed for a hydrogen battery, a set of solar panels and several wind generators.

The new design also stands out due to the position of the mast, which has been placed astern to gain speed with downwind. Moored at the Club de Mar in Mallorca, Spain since last Friday, Acciona is to be officially launched at the Euro-Mediterranean Forum on Sustainability (Global Ecoforum 2011) to be held in Barcelona on October 25 and 26.

The International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) is an international association managing the monohull class of sailboats. The association is responsible for defining and updating the class rules for Open-class boats, and has the additional aims of co-ordinating events involving Open boats, and promoting their use.

Courtesy of www.ibinews.com.

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