‘Solaring’ their way from Sweden to Spain

sweden-spain-solar-trip1SOURCE: Autopia

A team of eco-friendlier adventurers in solar-powered boats, cars and trucks is trekking from Sweden to Spain to demonstrate the feasibility of harnessing the sun as a transportation fuel, reports Autopia.

The Peoples Projects Foundation, based in Amsterdam, organized this coming May’s trip from Stockholm to Barcelona. Onboard a flotilla of three solar-powered boats are a solar truck, solar ATV with trailer and a small solar car.

According to project organizer Dixon Van Ersel, solar energy is a simple and practical source of power too long neglected as a readily available power source for truly zero-emissions transportation.

“Solar-powered vehicles and boats can perform more than adequately, day after day, to provide up to 25 percent of the world’s transport needs without loss of average speed and average load carrying,” he said.

The Foundation estimates it will take six months to cover 1,800 miles at an average distance of 15 miles a day.

For more, go to http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/12/a-solar-sail-from-sweden-to-spain/.

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(SolarChargedDriving.Com Newswire summary posted 12-10-09)