Alcatraz Island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, will soon have visitors arriving on a hybrid ferryboat. The Hornblower Hybrid will be powered by two ten-foot-tall wind turbines and a photovoltaic solar array covering the awning’s top deck. The solar and wind energy will be used for the boat’s navigation tools, lighting, and other electronic devices.
In addition to alternative energy sources, the Hornblower Hybrid will also feature clean, fuel-efficient marine diesel engines.
Of course, the vessel isn’t much more than a publicity stunt if riders aren’t given information about its energy use. Let’s hope that Alcatraz Cruises takes the time to educate the school groups and visitors from around the world that take trips to Alcatraz every day.
Photo Credit: Alcatraz Cruises
Ariel Schwartz was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a contributor at Fast Company, Inhabitat, Triple Pundit, SF Weekly, and NBC Bay Area Online. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.