Issue Date: Aug 31, 2000
The first commercial marine vessel to be powered by solar and wind energy was launched at Jervis Bay, Australia recently. The craft is scheduled to begin cruise operations in the Sydney harbour area throughout the Sydney 2000 Olympic Green Games. An earlier prototype has demonstrated, reasonably well, the speed, versatility and reliability of 'solar sailing'. The major achievement of Solar Sailor Holdings, the company that constructed the craft, is their ability to limit noise and air pollution to reasonable levels, besides making it totally clean in the water.
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