Norwalk Aquarium to Receive Hybrid Vessel

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Darien News: South Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium is $500,000 away from a new 65’ catamaran hybrid research vessel, which would replace its current 33-year-old diesel trawler in the fall of 2013.åç

Designed by an Australian naval architecture company, the $2.5 million boat, which has yet to be named, will run on a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system, cutting diesel consumption by 75% or more. Solar panels and wind turbines would provide clean energy to run the ship’s navigational and scientific instruments.

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