Absolute has dedicated attention to sustainability for decades before it became a topical theme. For our company, building the finest yachts to enjoy the marine environment has always gone hand-in-hand with the need to protect this natural resource from the impact of human activities, including navigation on luxury yachts such as ours.
Solar panels are an important part of our marine architecture and engineering approach. In many marinas all over the world, the presence of at least one person on board is mandatory for a mains electrical connection. Solar panels, conversely, make it possible to keep the yacht’s batteries fully charged when it is moored in the marina with no one on board and no mains connection. They are also very useful when cruising, enhancing comfort for the owner, guests and crew when the boat is anchored in a secluded bay. The solar panels provide enough power to continue running essential services so that the diesel generator can be switched off, reducing emissions and offering total silence and the absence of vibrations.
While we would never wish to claim primacy in the adoption of solar panel technology, there is no doubt that Absolute was the first shipyard to combine solar panels with very large openable windows permitting significant natural ventilation. While the energy produced by photovoltaic panels is sufficient for refrigerators and onboard infotainment systems, switching off the generator means going without air-conditioning, and the airflow made possible by appropriately-designed windows helps maintain a comfortable climate on board.
The solar panels built into the flybridge roof on many of our models are products specifically designed for the marine sector by the Solbian company, co-founded by champion yachtsman Giovanni Soldini. Their specifications comprise reduced weight, high flexibility, efficiency, shock resistance and the ability to withstand the effects of salt water, in addition to the same approach of sustainability championed by Absolute. Solbian’s solar panels are designed not only to generate clean energy, but also to reduce any negative effects on the environment during all phases of product life, from sourcing raw materials to manufacturing and right through to final disposal or recycling.
Absolute’s use of solar panels reflects the corporate ethos, hallmarked by infinite love and respect for the ocean environment, and the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, not for marketing purposes but because this has always been a distinctive feature of our approach to shipbuilding. The company’s energy-saving technology used on its yachts reduces fuel consumption and emissions and increases the comfort of guests and crew. We are happy to be able to say that our customers increasingly share our eco-sensitivity. Today, more than ever, safeguarding the environment is a challenge we cannot afford to lose.