Sustainable sailing yacht 'Ecolution'
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Sustainable sailing yacht 'Ecolution'

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The sustainable sailing yacht 'Ecolution' of the first Dutch-born astronaut Wubbo Ockels anchored at a shipyard on the Reitdiep-canal in the city of Groningen.

The 'Ecolution' is a eco-friendly sailing yacht and aproximately 25 meters long. It is capable to generate energy while sailing and store this energy in on-board batteries. Sailing for 3 to 5 days will generate enough energy to live comforatbly on the ship for a month.

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This panorama was taken in Netherlands, Europe

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