Sunreef reveals solar panels for Eco range


The Polish luxury catamaran builder has revealed images of its in-house solar panels, which will first feature on the Sunreef 80 Eco and 80 Sunreef Power Eco this summer.

The Sunreef 80 Eco will be the first sailing cat from the Eco range

The Sunreef Yachts Eco R&D team has revealed photos of the company’s in-house solar power system, which uses ultra-thin, shock resistant and highly-efficient solar cells, and is the first use of composite-integrated photovoltaic technology in the industry, according to the Polish shipyard.

Sunreef’s solar panels weigh less than 1.8kg/sqm and can fit on curved surfaces

The shipyard’s solar power system is currently being integrated on both power and sail catamarans within the Sunreef Eco range of luxury catamarans. The first units will be the Sunreef 80 Eco and the 80 Sunreef Power Eco, both to be launched this summer.

Francis Lapp founded Sunreef in Gdansk in 2002

Francis Lapp, founder and President of Sunreef, said: “We reinvented solar panels for yachts. Our team has challenged the status quo in marine photovoltaic technology, making solar panels an integral part of the Sunreef Yachts Eco design. This is something unique in the yachting world.

The solar panels use composite-integrated photovoltaic technology

The solar panels are entirely flush with all curved composite structures including masts, hull sides and biminis, with the integration technique giving the panels a high resistance to shock and abrasion. Weighing less than 1.8kg/sqm, the system is reputed to the lightest marine photovoltaic solution and uses cells delivering a peak performance of 24 percent.

Sustainability: Catamaran Builders – Sunreef Yachts

Sunreef’s new Eco range of powercats and sailing yachts offers the shipyard’s own ultra-light solar panels, which can be integrated across multiple surfaces, both flat and curved.