As if further proof were needed of our increasing adoption of solar power methods, it’s reported that four solar-powered ferries will begin sailing routes across Hong Kong’s harbour in November.

The ferries will be going some way to helping the Chinese city cut its emissions of global-warming gases.

Furthermore, the new cleaner transport initiative highlights the increasing use of solar cells and in turn, the industrial & specialty gases used to produce them, in the energy sector.

News agency Bloomberg reports that the boats were ordered last July by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and on a ‘typical sunny day’ will operate mainly using the Sun’s energy.

It’s thought that the technology could cut in half carbon-dioxide output on a typical urban ferry route.

The boats will be used for services between the Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course and Sai Kung pier.