Beginning 2017 the World Travel and Tourism Council presented the finalists for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017.
FINALIST INNOVATION AWARD 2017
This annual award is among the highest accolades in the industry and represents the gold standard for sustainable tourism. Soel Yachts and Naval DC have teamed up to design and engineer the SoelCat 12, a trailblazing autonomous solar electric catamaran for coastal waters and inter-island transportation. They are recognised as one of the finalists for the Innovation Award 2017 of WTTC.
The SoelCat 12, is a unique boat with mobile power station capabilities, which is able of feeding excessive energy back into the existing grid or providing power where no grid is available. Soel Yachts’ technology platform can easily be applied to bigger or smaller vessels, thus achieving a high scalability for worldwide applications.
The finalists demonstrate a commitment to long term vision in preference to short term gains and provide an inspiring example of responsible leadership.
The solar electric propulsion system for the SoelCat 12 has been developed and integrally designed by Naval DC. The technological platform for the vessel is perfectly scalable and can be applied to bigger or smaller versions, for example a 40 passenger solar electric ferry for the Maldives, New York or Venice. The bright spots are the following:
Sustainability: Ocean proven solutions for sustainable sea transportation eliminate the need for fossil fuels, entirely.
- Autonomy: Islands can become fully energy autonomous by using the vessels as mobile power stations for grid feeding.
- Local growth: Using solar electric vessels creates a whole new category of business opportunities for local companies.
Furthermore, a smaller shuttle service vessel and a weekender yacht version based on the SoelCat 12’s platform are currently being developed on the drawing table.