Solar Powered Boat Market - Forecast(2024 - 2030)

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Solar Powered Boat Market Overview:

The Solar Powered Boat Market size is expected to grow $ 2.4 Billion at a compound annual growth rate CAGR of 14.2% from 2023 to 2030.  Solar boat or solar electric boats are marine vessels, which are operated with battery power and have solar panels for charging the battery. Solar boats utilize solar energy to power the boats’ motors, navigation systems, and onboard electronic equipment. Solar panels mounted on the boat harvest solar energy from the sun and transfer it to a charge controller, which controls flow of electricity to rechargeable batteries, such as lithium-ion batteries. In addition, solar boats have several advantages, such as lower running costs, less maintenance, less environmental impact, and others. over the forecast period.

Market Snapshot: 

Solar Powered Boat Market- Report Coverage:

The “Solar Powered Boat Market Report - Forecast (2023-2030)” by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments in the Solar Powered Boat Market.



By Type

  • Fully Electric

  • Hybrid

By Charging

  • Grid Charging

  • Direct Charging

  • Hybrid Charging

  • Inductive Charging

  • Battery Storage Systems

By Mode of Operation

  • Manual

  • Autonomous

  • Remote Controlled

By Ship

  • Sailboats

  • Motorboats

  • Yachts

  • Catamarans

  • Ferries

  • Fishing Boats

  • Recreational Boats

  • Tourism and Excursion Boats

  • Passenger Boats

  • Cargo Boats

  • Defence

  • Others

By Battery Type

  • Lithium Based Batteries 

  • Nickel Based Batteries 

  • Others

By Range

  • Less than 50 KM

  • 50-100KM

  • 100 - 1000KM

By Geography 

  • North America (U.S., Canada and Others)

  • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Poland, Czechia, Sweden and Rest of Europe), 

  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia & New Zealand, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)

  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Rest of South America)

  • Rest of the World (Middle East and Africa)

COVID-19 / Ukraine Crisis - Impact Analysis:  

  • The Solar Powered Boat Market underwent a substantial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disruption in global supply chains resulted in manufacturing delays and escalated production costs, directly impacting the availability and affordability of critical components such as solar panels and electric propulsion systems. A decrease in consumer expenditure, primarily attributable to economic uncertainty, led to a decreased demand for solar-powered boats, notably within the leisure and tourism sectors. Many prospective buyers deferred or canceled their acquisitions due to financial apprehensions. 

  • The ongoing Ukraine crisis has introduced an element of uncertainty into the Solar Powered Boat Market. As geopolitical tensions escalate and international sanctions are imposed, the supply chain for critical components of solar-powered boats, such as solar panels and electric propulsion systems, faces disruption. This disruption has the potential to impact production schedules, increase costs, and strain the availability of key components. Furthermore, the crisis has injected uncertainty into global financial markets, affecting consumer confidence and potentially leading to fluctuations in demand for luxury and leisure products, including solar-powered boats. Industry stakeholders are closely monitoring the situation and its potential ramifications, as geopolitical events can have significant repercussions on supply chains, economic stability, and consumer behavior, all of which can ripple through the Solar Powered Boat Market and shape its trajectory in the months and years ahead.

 Key Takeaways:

  • Fastest Growth of North America Region

The North America solar boat market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.3%, with North America showing the fastest CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) among all regions. The rapid growth of the North American solar boat market is a testament to the growing acceptance of solar technology in North America. Consumers and businesses around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation solutions. As environmental concerns continue to grow, North American consumers and businesses are increasingly choosing solar boats as cleaner and more sustainable options for their water transportation requirements. North America’s rapid growth in the solar boat market is set to continue in the coming years.

 Environmental Regulations Driving Shift to Electric and Solar-Powered Boats

Electric and solar electric boats are steadily supplanting their fuel-powered counterparts, a shift driven by increasingly stringent government regulations aimed at curbing carbon emissions and heightened environmental awareness. Traditional boats are known for generating substantial exhaust emissions, including nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, and CO2. Particularly in the case of cargo ships, which stand as major contributors to pollution in seaports, there's a growing imperative to reduce emissions from marine vessels. Furthermore, organizations like the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have enacted a slew of regulations to mitigate emissions, thereby fostering the adoption of electric and solar electric boats. These environmentally friendly vessels operate on clean energy sources and offer a range of advantages, including silent engines and reduced maintenance costs. Consequently, the surge in the adoption of electric and solar electric boats, driven by environmental concerns and the enforcement of stringent emission standards, is propelling growth in the solar boat market. 

  • Fostering Growth in the Solar Boat Market through the Surging Tide of Global Maritime Tourism 

Maritime tourism refers to sea-based tourist activities, including boating, cruising, yachting, and nautical sports. In recent years, maritime tourism has gained traction across the globe. As per a review undertaken by the World Economic Forum, maritime and coastal tourism is expected to grow at a global rate of 3.5% by 2030. In addition, several governments have taken initiatives to promote maritime travel & tourism activities. For instance, in 2021, the government of India planned to develop 78 maritime tourism landmarks across India to enhance development of existing lighthouses and its surrounding areas into unique maritime tourism landmarks. Moreover, maritime tourism activities require yachts, ferries, and cruise ships. Generally, these ships or vessels run on traditional fossil fuel-based engines, which emit harmful pollutants, such as nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide, and CO2. However, boat manufacturers have started to introduce electric and solar electric boats and ships to support marine tourism activities as well as to reduce carbon footprints and pollution, which supplements the growth of the market. 

  • Dynamic Shifts in the Solar Boat Market: Passenger Boats Lead, Cargo Boats Surge

solar-powered passenger boats took the lead in the global market, securing over two-thirds of the share, a testament to their strong appeal. Projections suggest this segment will continue to dominate in the coming years. Notably, the cargo boats segment, although currently in the minority, is set to exhibit remarkable growth with an impressive CAGR of 16.1%. This growth underscores the rising adoption of solar technology in cargo transportation, driven by the demand for cleaner and sustainable logistics solutions. These evolving market dynamics reveal the coexistence of both segments, with passenger boats leading while cargo boats surge, marking a significant shift towards eco-conscious marine transport options.

  • The Primary Hurdle in the Solar Boat Market is  High Initial Costs

Solar boats command a higher upfront cost in comparison to their traditional fuel-powered counterparts. This price differential is a result of the inclusion of advanced solar panels, state-of-the-art battery systems, and cutting-edge electric propulsion technology, all essential components in solar boat construction. As a consequence, these initial expenses can pose a barrier, restricting the accessibility of solar boats for a substantial portion of potential buyers, encompassing both individual consumers and businesses.

As the solar boat industry undergoes maturation and technological advancements, a strategic emphasis on reducing costs, improving energy efficiency, and streamlining production processes is imperative. Additionally, government-led initiatives that provide incentives and subsidies for clean energy transportation solutions hold the potential to significantly mitigate the challenge of high initial expenses.

  • Obstacles affecting Solar Boat Market Growth are Operational Efficiency and Weather Constraints.

Unlike internal combustion engine boats, solar boats have a significant operating efficiency difference. This difference is due to the fact that solar boats rely on batteries for propulsion. As a result, solar boats have limited operational ranges, which limits their widespread adoption. Furthermore, solar boats perform well in good weather, but their efficiency drops significantly in bad weather, like heavy rain, or snow. All of these factors combine to restrict the sale of solar boats, which in turn limits the global market for solar boats. The problem of reduced operational efficiency is a major obstacle to the growth of the solar boat market.

Solar Powered Boat Market Share (%) By Region, 2022


Key Market Players: 

Product/Service launches, approvals, patents and events, acquisitions, partnerships, and collaborations are key strategies adopted by players in the Solar Powered Boat Market. The top 10 companies in this industry are listed below:

  1. Grove Boats SA

  2. Aquawatt Green Marine Technologies

  3. Duffy Electric Boat Company

  4. Soel Yachts B.V.

  5.  RAND Boats ApS

  6. NavAlt boats

  7. Electra Craft

  8.  Infinity Solar Boats

  9. Torqeedo GmbH

  10. Corvus Energy

Scope of Report: 

Report Metric 


Base Year Considered


Forecast Period



14.2 %

Market Size in 2030

$ 2.4 Billion

Segments Covered

Product Type, Mode of Operation, Ship, Battery Type, Range, Charging

Geographies Covered

North America (U.S., Canada and Others), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Poland, Czechia, Sweden and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of the World (Middle East & Africa).

Key Market Players

  1. Grove Boats SA

  2. Aquawatt Green Marine Technologies

  3. Duffy Electric Boat Company

  4. Soel Yachts B.V

  5.  RAND Boats ApS

  6. NavAlt boats

  7. ElectraCraft 

  8.  Infinity Solar Boats

  9. Torqeedo GmbH

  10.  Corvus Energy

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