It’s been just two years since a fully solar-powered yacht, the TURANOR PlanetSolar, first circumnavigated the globe. And there are even greater and more exciting changes ahead for solar powered vessels. “Solar energy is already used to propel a few specialized leisure craft and the potential benefits of fully powering commercial vessels the same way are becoming ever more attractive,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO of Canadian Solar.

The “Linxiu” combines both business and pleasure and is the only solar-powered motor yacht in Wuxi city, Jiangsu province, China. The luxury vessel is powered by a 7 kW PV system from Canadian Solar and features the company’s hard-wearing and highly efficient CS6P-P solar modules. Tourists take the boat to enjoy the sights of Lake Lihu and it is also used as a venue to host social and business events.

“It’s not just a good idea for environmental reasons,” said Dr. Qu. “The potential cost savings on fuel and operating costs are enormous. I believe it’s only a matter of time until we see solar power being applied to mainstream shipping,” he added.