Volitan is a new lightweight and futuristic concept boat for circumnavigating the rivers and seas, using solid-sails and only wind power and solar energy.Her name comes from flying fish and she is a new symbol of raising awareness about sustainable use of resources on the sea.
Volitan will be one of the newest profile solar-powered sailing boats in the world, as well as one of the greenest. Her systems are controlled and optimized by a computer network. Whilst sailing, wind and solar energy is harnessed and stored in the boats batteries, allowing her to be propelled day and night.
Dynamic stability is a key to wing design and is affected by various weather conditions (wind and sun), whether simultaneously or singularly. The boats wings move automatically to track the sun for optimal solar collection, and to track the wind for optimal sail power. In extreme wind situations, they fold up against the boat. She is engineered to operate in 60 knots of wind with 300% margin of safety.
Floating wings (moving panels with DC motors) on the sides of the boat were designed to fore and support the moving solar wings performance and overall stability. The motors on both sides of the boat are placed in such a way that navigation performance is maximized. The vessel can be easily u-turned by using the two DC motors with backward and forward action so as to turn around a point. When docking and well sailing conditions the floating wings can be easily retracted. The rotational stabilizer fin on the side of the floating wings serve to balance the main body in extreme conditions.
IDA Transportation Category 1st Prize Winner, 2007
IDA Nautical/Boats Category 1st Prize Winner, 2007
Green Dot Award 2008, Green Transportation Vehicle of the Year, 1st Prize Winner
Design Firm: DESIGNNOBIS , TR