£1.2m eco-yacht is powered by 30 solar panels on the roof

The 55ft-long Silent 55 E-Power catamaran was the brainchild of Heike and Michael Köhler
The vessel can generate 10kW of power and can cruise up to 100 miles a day without fuel 
The solar energy also feeds the craft's domestic systems including air conditioning and cooking facilities
The 55ft-long Silent 55 E-Power catamaran is said to be as 'silent as a canoe', with the solar-powered electric motors and lithium batteries running without any noise
This smart eco-yacht, powered by 30 solar panels on the roof, is tipped to make waves in the sailing community. 
The 55ft-long Silent 55 E-Power catamaran is said to be as 'silent as a canoe', with the solar-powered electric motors and lithium batteries running without any noise. 
The vessel - which costs £1.2 million before VAT - can self generate 10kW of power and can cruise up to 100 miles a day, permanently for weeks without fuel.
A view of the 30 panels covering the outside of the yacht
The solar energy also feeds the craft's domestic systems including air conditioning, cooking facilities and other appliances. 
The yacht has an official cruising speed of 12 knots, although it can reach a top speed of 20 knots in short bursts.
 It has capacity for 12 passengers and there are five different layouts available.
Heike and Michael Köhler founded Silent-Yachts in 2009 and the pair have sailed more than 75,000 miles around the world proving their concepts
The most luxurious offering includes the installation of a spacious master cabin that spans both hulls. 
Other rooms on board the vessel include a galley, a cosy saloon and dining area.
 It has been created by Austrian shipyard Silent Yachts. 

 Silent 55 E-Power: How it works  

The 55ft-long Silent 55 E-Power catamaran can cruise up to 100 miles a day without fuel, permanently and for weeks featuring virtually unlimited range. 
Thirty solar panels installed on the roof power electric motors and lithium batteries, which run without any noise. 
The yacht has an official cruising speed of 12 knots, although it can reach a top speed of 20 knots in short bursts. 
Light-weight Lithium-Batteries provide ample energy for the propulsion as well as for household appliances, such as televisions, air-conditioning units and water-makers.
The solar-panels are integrated in the roof, so there is no wind-load on them, while the batteries and electric-motors are inside the boat in a dry and safe place. 
In the scenario of prolonged dark weather, there is a backup diesel generator that can power the craft by itself. 
It can also be used to charge the lithium batteries to keep fuel usage to a minimum. 
 The solar panels come with a 25 year warranty, while the battery banks come with a 10 year guarantee.

Technically the E-Power has a limitless range, it is only the case in good, sunny conditions. In the scenario of prolonged dark weather, there is a backup diesel generator that can power the craft by itself
Heike and Michael Köhler founded Silent-Yachts in 2009 and the pair have sailed more than 75,000 miles around the world proving their eco-conscious concepts. 
They now have a number of models in their range, each catering to different client needs and tastes.
 Commenting on the Silent 55 E-Power vessel Michael Köhler said: 'What this represents to the yachtsman, among other features, is the ability to cruise for many hours at normal speed and throughout the evening at a reduced speed. 
'We set the standard for an entirely new dynamic in yachting: No fuel. No maintenance. Pure solar-powered luxury.' 
Although technically the E-Power has a limitless range, it is only the case in good, sunny conditions. 
In the scenario of prolonged dark weather, there is a backup diesel generator that can power the craft by itself.


It can also be used to charge the lithium batteries to keep fuel usage to a minimum. 
The generator is only used to recharge the batteries in the rare case when higher speed is required for longer periods of time or if the weather is bad for several days. 
'Under normal average holiday conditions, the boat is self-sufficient with unlimited range without burning fuel.' 
The boat was officially launched in Cannes in September.
The boat was officially launched in Cannes in September

The yacht has an official cruising speed of 12 knots, although it can reach a top speed of 20 knots in short bursts. It has capacity for 12 passengers and there are five different layouts available
The solar energy also feeds the craft's domestic systems including air conditioning, cooking facilities and other appliances
The vessel - which costs £1.2 million before VAT - can generate 10kW of power and can cruise up to 100 miles a day, permanently for weeks without fuel. Above, one of the bedroom areas
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