Largest solar ship in the world arrives today in puerto adriano
Largest solar ship in the world arrives today
The 12.5 million euro German built Planetsolar is expected to put in the Port of Adriano where she will be met by a Balearic delegation headed by the President of the Balearics Jose Ramon Bauza and include the directors of the newly constructed port
The vessel was designed by LOMOcean Design, built by Knierim Yachtbau in Kiel and launched on 31 March 2010.
In May 2012 she became the first ever solar electric vehicle to circumnavigate the globe.
The boat, which is registered in Switzerland, is covered in over 500 square meters of solar panels rated 93 kW, which in turn connect to one of the two electric motors in each hull. Although its hull is capable of hosting 200 persons, the shape of the boat means that it is able to reach speeds of up to fourteen knots. The boat’s hull has been model tested in wind tunnels and has been tank tested to determine the hydrodynamics and aerodynamics of the hull. This 31 metre long boat was designed to be used as a luxury yacht after it completed its round the world record attempt last month.
Tûranor PlanetSolar started on a journey around the world in Monaco on September 27, 2010 . With this expedition, the initiators of the project wanted to focus the public awareness on the importance of renewable energies for environmental protection. After 584 days, Tûranor PlanetSolar returned to Monaco on May 4, 2012 after sailing around the globe.