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Electric Hybrid Sailboats

The 'Tang' Catamaran Harnesses Wind for Electricity and Propulsion

— October 6, 2010 — Autos
The American battery manufacturer 'International Battery' has been working with 'Electric Marine Propulsion' to develop the world's largest hybrid electric sailboat known affectionately as 'Tang.'

The sailboat departed on its maiden voyage off the coast of South Africa last month and is undergoing tests for its efficiency. The 60-foot 'Tang' catamaran cleverly harnesses open winds for energy, storing it in its on-board lithium-ion batteries.

Implications - As more harm is done to the Earth every day, green innovations are becoming more popular. Products that refrain from harming natural elements will generate more interest from the public than ones that do. Corporations could invest more time and money in developing these items that benefit rather than harm the planet when trying to grow their revenue.
Trend Themes
1. Green Innovations - Developing products that refrain from harming natural elements can generate public interest.
2. Hybrid Electric Vehicles - The development of hybrid electric sailboats presents opportunities for innovative propulsion systems.
3. Renewable Energy - Harnessing wind energy for electricity and propulsion can lead to advancements in renewable energy technologies.
Industry Implications
1. Battery Manufacturing - Battery manufacturers can explore opportunities in developing lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric sailboats.
2. Marine Propulsion - Electric marine propulsion companies can invest in developing innovative systems for hybrid electric sailboats.
3. Renewable Energy - Companies in the renewable energy industry can explore wind energy harnessing technologies for hybrid electric sailboats.
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