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The world's largest solar-powered boat


Posted on Monday, 30 May, 2011 | Comment icon 6 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."

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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... [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
7.5 knots for free are better than 30 knots guzzling 50 gallons per hour in my book. I would even go into drift at night. And with most sail yachts you are quite happy when you get an etmal of 180 miles. So I would say two thumbs up because at least you are independent of wind directions.
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.


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