PROJECTS

Completed projects

2014 Route du Rhum race

‘Defi Martinique’, an Open 50 sailboat, competed with a Solar Cloth System solar (photovoltaic) mainsail: the first full scale test in racing conditions of flexible solar panels (400g/m2) used to charge and recharge the onboard batteries. Upon arrival the solar textiles were intact, after 3,700 nautical miles (6,600 kms) of extreme weather conditions (a third of the boats leaving Saint Malo had to abandon the race).

 

2014 Route du Rhum race

Production cruising sailboats 

Two designs of 100% ecological, zero emission, self-sufficient cruising sailboats are equipped with PowerSails® made by SolarCloth System: Arcona 380Z (Sweden) and J/88e (United States).  The combination of solar sails with an auxiliary electric engine capable of hydro-generation solves the equation of energy autonomy

 

The Arcona 380Z in vidéo

The J/88e in vidéo

New York - Les Sables d'Olonne Race

In May 2016, New Zealand skipper Conrad Colman’s IMOCA 60 ‘FORESIGHT NATURAL ENERGY‘ competed in the  New York-Sables d'Olonne race with a PowerSails® solar main sail and an emergency electric  engine capable of hydro-generation. The combination of clean energy sources provided for all the boat’s electrical needs: automatic pilot, watermaker, pumps, lights, navigational and satellite transmission equipment.

TF1 TV News

Solar Awnings 2017

Several solar awnings, and photovoltaic biminis for boats and photovoltaic sun tarps designed for gardens and parking lots are under construction, notably for the brand Oyster (Great Britain) aiming for output of 600W to 1kW/48 volts.

Our Solar Bimini

                                Bimini Photovoltaïque Beneteau 45

Vendée Globe 2016 - 2017 

New Zealand skipper Conrad Colman’s IMOCA 60 ‘FORESIGHT NATURAL ENERGY‘ has competing in the  Vendée Globe race, considered the world’s most difficult race: non-stop around the world single-handed race taking place every four years. ‘FORESIGHT NATURAL ENERGY ‘ is equipped with a PowerSails® solar main sail and an emergency electric  engine capable of hydro-generation. The combination of clean energy sources provided for all the boat’s electrical needs: automatic pilot, watermaker, pumps, lights, navigational and satellite transmission equipment.

 

                           ​     On board of FORESIGHT NATURAL ENERGY

Conrad Colman solar sails 

Ongoing projects

Voile solaire pour ballon stratosphérique (CNES)

Collaboration with the French national space agency, the CNES, in developing a solar sail prototype to be placed and deployed from beneath a stratospheric balloon's basket.

 

The balloon's payload (1 ton of electronic equipment) has for purpose to study galactic radiation from an altitude of 45 km (28 miles), where winds are weaker and oxygen rarer.

Our solar cloth technology's resistance will be challenged in unprecedented conditions. 

 

The CNES will test our prototype through scenarios of heavy stress, in particular repeated furling and unfurling. 

Deployment of the solar sail will occur in areas of sparse cloud cover, high solar exposition and extreme temperature variations.

Solar greenhouse tunnels first semester 2017

Worldwide first: water/electricity self-sufficient solar greenhouse tunnels. Construction of two pilot greenhouses in collaboration with the Pays de Lérins Greater Community and the CEA. A detachable, furlable solar textile (50 m2) positioned on the ridge, will provide water self-suffiency by powering forage pumps, automated valves and plant irrigation as well as LED for lighting purposes. This innovative technology can be a gateway to the development of cultivation in off-the-grid fertile zones, improving stability of food sources in underdeveloped areas prone to chronic nutritional risk, as well as urban zones exposed to climate extremes including North America, Asia and parts of Europe.

Solar sun tarps 

Under development for Veolia  Propreté, a self-supporting solar sun tarp using renewable energy to power an autonomous treatment facility

Veolia -  cleanup work boats for cleaner waters

Currently in the R&D phase with our Finnish partner company Oceanvolt. Ecological  cleanup work boats for cleaner waters in ports, beaches, rivers and lakes using electrical engines and solar energy.

Design-stage projects

Airbus E-Fan – electric airplane

Currently in the R&D phase for the second generation Airbus E-Fan, photovoltaic wing installations will boost energy autonomy in electric training planes. 279VDC, 93W/m2, 350g/m photovoltaic films will recharge the plane’s batteries. 

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