on 14 Dec 2022
The Gussies recognise designs that reduce reliance on fossil fuel for marine propulsion
The Sunreef 80 Eco has been elected as ‘best electric sailboat’ in the 2022 Gussies Electric Boat Awards.
The Gussies were created to recognise the inventors, designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are making advances every day to develop clean, quiet, zero-emission technologies and designs to reduce reliance on fossil fuel for marine propulsion.
With an ultralight composite-integrated solar panels built into the hull sides, mast, superstructure and bimini roof, the Sunreef 80 Eco is said to be a pioneer in green yachting. Equipped with advanced electric engines and a hydro-generation system, the model provides a smooth e-motoring experience and can generate energy while under sail.
The catamaran’s smart energy management system, along with custom-engineered batteries and innovative air conditioning, provides good energy efficiency for ‘zero-emission’ yachting.
Sunreef Yachts’ president and founder, Francis Lapp, has described the Eco range as “an ambitious and demanding project [that today] is at the heart of our actions. We combine innovative technology, natural materials and green propulsion solutions, to offer the best of sustainable yachting.”
This commitment now translates into the brand’s new-for-2022, Eco lines. These comprise the sailing Eco range with Sunreef’s 50, 60, 70, 80 and 100. The Power Eco range includes the 40, 60, 70, 80 and 100 Sunreef Power. In February, the yard also added the Sunreef 43M Eco edition to the range, dubbed by the shipyard as “the green superyacht of the future”.
The key to this yacht’s advancement is the Sunreef 80 Eco’s solar power system, which features ultralight composite-integrated solar panels within the vessel’s hull sides, mast, superstructure and bimini roof. All this involves using industry-first technology, with the photovoltaic system able to deliver up to 36kWp of solar power.
Lapp says: “We take a great step forward with this truly pioneering yacht. Renewable energy is the key element in the design of the Sunreef 80 Eco. Thanks to a revolutionary solar power system, hydro-generation [the harnessing of power from fast-moving water produced by the yacht when underway], and high-performance sails, the Sunreef 80 Eco provides full autonomy, relying on the sun, water and wind.”
Technical Specifications Sunreef 80 Eco
Fully battened mainsail: 200sqm
Solar panels: 160m; 34kWp
Engines: 2 x 160kW
Battery bank 550kW
Cabins: 5 doubles
Crew: 1 cabin, 2 berths