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A solar-powered river cruise boat

The river Charente in western France is navigable over a distance of 164km from its mouth to the city of Angoulême. River cruise operator Pascal Duc, who needs to replace his current boat, the Bernard de Palissy II and has long promoted the Charente’s attractions, has decided on a highly innovative all-solar-powered design that will not use any fossil fuel at all. “I want a low-energy boat that will be environment friendly and in tune with the Charente valley’s wonderful natural setting”, says Pascal.