Monday, August 21, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

The world's largest solar-powered boat

Posted on Monday, 30 May, 2011 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Karlis


Image credit: CC 3.0 Karl-Heinz Hochhaus

 
The Turanor PlanetSolar is circumnavigating the world's oceans to prove that renewable energy can work.

To help it through its 50,000km voyage the ship is equipped with 537 square metres of solar panelling with 38,000 solar cells. Since leaving Monaco on September 27th it has achieved two world records - the fastest Atlantic crossing on a solar electric vehicle and the longest distance covered by a solar electric vehicle.

"The world's largest solar-powered boat, the Turanor PlanetSolar, is sailing into Brisbane, after crossing the Pacific from the Panama Canal."

  View: Full article

 Source: Courier Mail


  Discuss: View comments (5)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by 747400 on 27 May, 2011, 16:33
An interesting looking thing, but i think it shows the limitations of current solar technology; all that area of solar panels for an average speed of just 7.5 knots (which, despite what he says, the average merchant ship can go a bit faster than that). Still, always glad to see some willingness to experiment. It might be practical for where speed isn't so important. I do find amusing, incidentally, how the journalist talks about "without the need for sails or pollution-producing diesel engine chewing non-renewable fuel", when i expect very much that he got in his car and drove to the office th... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by bulveye on 27 May, 2011, 16:35
This is awesome! I want one!
Comment icon #3 Posted by questionmark on 27 May, 2011, 17:39
An interesting looking thing, but i think it shows the limitations of current solar technology; all that area of solar panels for an average speed of just 7.5 knots (which, despite what he says, the average merchant ship can go a bit faster than that). Still, always glad to see some willingness to experiment. It might be practical for where speed isn't so important. I do find amusing, incidentally, how the journalist talks about "without the need for sails or pollution-producing diesel engine chewing non-renewable fuel", when i expect very much that he got in his car and drove to the office th... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cosmic2012 on 30 May, 2011, 22:47
Now that's freedom! You took my comment though @bulveye I was gonna say I wan one too
Comment icon #5 Posted by Taut on 31 May, 2011, 3:03
Like 747 said, shows the limits........not very deck friendly. How you sposed to fish? And do the "deck" thing. Glad someone is trying though, the answers will come. Sail around the world for free, course not having to by diesel would take a while to defray the costs of all those panels. And unfortunately, doubt it could take the beating that the ocean can sometimes give. Still.......awesome concept.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5970638
256973
168876

 
Man has a live gecko removed from his ear
8-20-2017
A man in China got the surprise of his life after visiting the doctor with severe pain in his ear.
Three-mile-wide asteroid to pass by the Earth
8-20-2017
The huge space rock is due to pass within a safe distance of our planet at the beginning of September.
USS Indianapolis wreck found 70 years on
8-20-2017
The wreckage of a cruiser sank by a Japanese submarine 70 years ago has finally been discovered.
'Apocalyptic' cloud hangs over town in Brazil
8-19-2017
Residents of Teixeira de Freitas were treated to a rather unusual and unnerving spectacle this week.
Other news in this category
Can the Yellowstone supervolcano be stopped ?
Posted 8-19-2017 | 9 comments
NASA has come up with an ambitious new plan to cool down the supervolcano by using it as an energy source....
 
Scientists solve animal evolution mystery
Posted 8-17-2017 | 9 comments
A sea algae boom has been credited with the rise of the first complex life forms in Earth's distant past....
 
91 volcanoes discovered beneath Antarctic ice
Posted 8-13-2017 | 17 comments
Scientists have uncovered what is now believed to be the largest volcanic region on the planet....
 
US firm develops drone with gun and grenades
Posted 8-13-2017 | 12 comments
Duke Robotics has come up with a weaponized drone capable of aiming and shooting while in mid-air....
 
Do video games help or hinder your brain ?
Posted 8-11-2017 | 49 comments
Scientists have been studying the impact different types of games have on certain areas of the brain....
 
Scientists create breakthrough healing device
Posted 8-8-2017 | 24 comments
Known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), the technology can begin repairing injuries in less than a second....
 
'Karakoram anomaly' defies climate change
Posted 8-8-2017 | 8 comments
A 'vortex' of cold air over the Karakoram mountain range has been causing glaciers to continue growing....
 
Extreme weather could kill 150,000 per year
Posted 8-6-2017 | 102 comments
Scientists have warned that extreme weather events could prove devastating by the end of the century....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ