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What about that Swiss (non-sailing) catamaran that crossed the Atlantic using (I believe) only solar power to drive electric engines? I believe that they covered the whole boat with solar panels and are now touring the states. The trans Atlantic trip was done to prove the concept although I know none of the technical details.
Are there commercial ships using the diesel-electric marine power set up that Giu/Alexa mentioned? If the big boys are using it already then it can't be too long before it comes into wider use.
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