The Solar powered Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran might look like a sci-fi writer’s fantasy, but it will soon become a reality for its new South African owners. The futuristic sailboat is the brainchild of Dr. Margot Krasojević, a London-based architect whose career has focused on creating eco-friendly projects that shift existing paradigms.
The Fresnel (named after a prism lens used to concentrate light in lighthouses) uses a 100 percent green propulsion system that is years beyond the diesel/electric hybrid engines used on some yachts. The sailboat uses solar and wind power to charge the onboard banks of batteries.
When there is no wind, three electric motors (one in each hull) run on the boat’s batteries. Fresnel lenses, solar panels, and holographic film intensify sunlight and channel it to the batteries.
Beyond long-distance cruising, the owners plan to use the yacht for racing. In trimaran mode, the yacht can reach 40 knots. When the owners want even more speed, the vessel lifts up onto hydrofoils.
In cruising mode, the Fresnel yacht converts to a monohull. On battery power alone, it can cruise at 15 knots. The construction of the high-tech Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is scheduled to begin this summer. It will incorporate the latest lightweight composites throughout the hull.
Lenght: 115 ft.