Monday, 13 September 2010
that's My World, ABC Wednesday, I for Inventor
I saw something on TV that might interest you. Wubbo Ockels, an inventor and Dutch astronaut, has recenly designed a sailing boat.You can find all details
here. And click on the English flag in the right topcorner to see a video of the Ecolution as it is designed.
The sailing boat Ecolution of the ex- astronaut Wubbo Ockels generates its own energy and was built of durable materials.
The secret of this 25 metres long two-master lies under water. There are two enormous screws made of carbon which generate energy during sailing. This electric power is stored in two batteries, which can also serve as necessary ballast.
Five sailing days provide enough power to live a life of luxury during a month.
On board there are four toilets, underfloor heating, kitchen utensils like a microwave, dish washer and a cooker, there's even a shower with a steam cabin. The ship enters the harbour with electro motors. In case of an emergenty the crew can return to biodiesel. Therefore the ship has two separated engine rooms.
Ockels is going to test his invention.Wubbo Ockels, the first Dutchman who travelled in space, became after his return on earth a fervent supporter of using durable energy. "We have to be careful of our planet; we have only this one ."
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