Turkey's Solar Wind Yachts, which is exhibiting at the Düsseldorf Boat Show, has revealed details of its latest solar-powered passenger ferry designeed to meet the growing global demand for zero-emission passenger boats and the theme set by the Düsseldorf show to protect the sea from pollution.

“The requirements we are working on are to meet the proposed Turkish government regulations designed to reduce pollution and propeller damage from the 586 diesel-powered tourist boats in the Dalyan Iztuzu Carretta turtle reserve, one of the country’s major tourist attractions,” says Susanne Pape, owner of Solar Wind Boats and its sister company, ARC Yachts.

“After two local university environmental reports, the government has proposed to ban diesel-powered boats within the next five years and impose speed and passenger limits," she adds.

Solar Wind Yachts has been building yachts in Turkey since 1994 and claims to be the only business in the country specialising in hi-tech epoxy sandwich construction. "We also use carbonfibre laminates to reduce the boat weight," says Pape. "We started developing electrically powered boats in 2006 and have built five solar-powered and hybrid catamaran boats between 16m-19m, with more under construction. We are now building the 12m Dalyan solar-powered passenger catamaran design that will meet the proposed government regulations.”

The 12m design will carry 32 passengers, is disabled friendly and will have two 10kW electric motors to achieve a maximum of 6kt using entirely solar power.