Wednesday 18 September 2013

Solar Powered Boat

The world’s largest solar powered boat - The MS Turanor PlanetSolar - dropped anchor in London earlier this week following a two-month long scientific expedition tracking the Gulf Stream. Originally launched in March 2010, the innovative 31 metre long catamaran is covered in over 500 square metres of solar panels. The boat which has a crew of six, last year became the first solar-powered electric vehicle to circumnavigate the globe.

On 27 September 2010, Tûranor PlanetSolar set off from Monaco to circumnavigate the globe solely with the aid of solar power. One aim of the project was to focus public awareness on the importance of renewable energies for environmental protection. A significant stopover was Cancún, Mexico, during the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference which was held there. During the expedition, Tûranor PlanetSolar broke two records: the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by solar boat and the longest distance ever covered by a solar electric vehicle.

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