By DAVID SCHULTZ and MARK HODGSONAssociated PressUpdated Jan. 18, 2018 7:19 p.m.
ESTThe world’s largest cruise ship, the flagship of Carnival Corp., has a solar cell array on board that can generate enough power to power a home for about 15 hours a day, a milestone that may help the company expand its solar power ambitions.
Carnival’s “Power Up” cruise ship was unveiled at the New York Maritime Museum on Thursday and was unveiled to the public on Friday with a video showing the ship powering its power grid.
The ship’s solar array is a new concept, and it includes a solar rooftop panel.
The ship’s electric power grid is powered by the solar panel.
Celeste St. John, Carnival’s chief sustainability officer, said the ship will have solar panels that generate power and are able to be installed on decks and in other spaces.
“You can see the energy coming from the panels,” she said.
“And then we also have a solar canopy on the decks, so you can see it, as well.”
The Power Up cruise ship will be powered by solar panels on the deck and in the solar canopy.(Reuters/Dylan Martinez)The PowerUp cruise ship (L-R) has solar panels installed on its decks.(Reuters: Dan Balz)Carnivals first solar sailboat, the “PowerUp” (L) is a solar sail boat.(Reuters / Dan Balg)The ship has solar arrays on the hull and decks.
“This is a big milestone,” St. Johns said.
She added that the PowerUp is also expected to be able to provide energy from wind turbines.
Carmenia, the second ship in Carnival’s Power Up line, has solar panel arrays on its hull and will also be able generate energy.
Aboard Carnival’s first solar-powered ship, “Panther” (R), a sailboat (L), sails in the Caribbean.(Reuters)The ships sails are made of lightweight carbon fiber and are designed to last 100 years.
Cantor ships will not have solar arrays because of the cost.
The company has said that cost will be lower with solar arrays.
Coyote, a sail boat that ships between New York and Bermuda, has a similar array system, but it has not yet been powered by a solar grid.
Cancellas ships will be solar powered and have panels on them, which will allow them to provide power for up to 15 hours, St. Kitts said.
In addition, the ships will have wind turbines, which provide energy when the sun is shining.
St. Kitt said Carnival’s plan to provide solar power to ships is a way to extend its solar energy options.
“If you’re going to have a boat, then you’re probably going to need a lot of energy to keep it running,” she told the Associated Press.
“And solar panels are a very important part of that.
If we can do that on the ships, then we can extend that to other places.”
Carnies solar sail boats, “Power Ups,” were unveiled at New York’s Maritime Museum.(Reuters photo: David Schneider)The solar panels can also be used as a backup to solar-energy systems, which may provide some renewable energy.
The solar panels will be installed near the waterline, which can provide some protection from the sun’s rays.
St Kitt said that she is pleased that the sailboat has already been able to generate enough electricity.
“We know we can build solar panels at this level, and the challenge is going to be building them on the ship,” she added.
“But this is a really exciting step.”
The ship is scheduled to be fully powered by its solar panels by the end of the year.