Questions? Call 800-543-8917
Get the Catalog

WWF in Action: Galapagos Islands

Solar-powered Boats in the Galapagos


© DPNGA solar-powered boat is an innovative watercraft that is the result of a joint project between WWF and the Galápagos National Park. Using an existing boat—which the Park had confiscated from an illegal fishing operation—we worked to transform it into an alternative energy vessel. The boat now operates entirely on solar power—which means no fuel and no emissions.

It features:
  • Eight solar panels atop the canopy
  • Two large batteries which can provide about eight hours of power
  • An electric motor that can reach speeds sufficient for water taxis
  • A motor so lightweight it can be carried easily for service
    very little maintenance (no oil changes or fuel stops)

This is the latest innovation toward the goal of reducing the human footprint and promoting ecotourism in this delicate marine environment.

Boats are the primary mode of transportation in the Galápagos Islands, yet there are many drawbacks. Fuel must be imported from the mainland, which is very costly, and motors spill fuel and oil into the water—and that’s in addition to the pollution created by engine smoke. Now there is a “greener” method of transportation in the Galápagos—a solar prototype for small watercraft—which we see eventually being applied to commercial operators. For now, the solar boat will be used for educating the public about renewable energy. Investing in this type of technology will save boat owners on fuel costs over the long-term, while providing invaluable benefits to the marine environment in which they operate.

Photo © DPNG
WWF

Get Weekly Updates

Our weekly eNewsletter highlights new adventures, exclusive offers, webinars, nature news, travel ideas, photography tips and more.
Privacy Policy
We're Proud of the Reputation We’ve Earned
Outside
Voted "World's Best Travel
Company"
by Outside Magazine
Outside
Natural Habitat Adventures Ranked
“Best Outfitter”
NatGeo
Voted Best Winter Trip: Natural Habitat Adventures' Monarch Butterfly Migration, Mexico
VIEW MORE AWARDS
Natural Habitat Adventures 2019 Catalog
GET THE CATALOG
Natural Habitat & WWF – Discovering Our Planet Together
WWF Logo
Get Weekly Updates
Our weekly eNewsletter highlights new adventures, exclusive offers, webinars, nature news, travel ideas, photography tips and more.
Privacy Policy
/wwf/wwf-in-action/galapagos-islands/
Physical Requirements