TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered, recently completed an amazing 18-month journey around the globe. The Swiss-designed , German-built ship is powered by over 5,380 square feet of solar paneling. The sun powered boat started its record round trip from Monaco in September 2010 and officially crossed the finish line on the 4th of May this year, hitting spots like Miami, Cancún, Brisbane, Singapore, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi. It is hoped that this trip will inspire the fuel-guzzling shipping industry by promoting the use of renewable energy.
The boat cost a hefty $26 million, but it is hoped that its reliance on solar power will save the vessel exponentially. The solar panels on PlanetSolar power two electric motors, which can reach up to 15 miles per hour. It has the capability to absorbed and stored sufficient energy in its giant lithium-ion batteries to power the boat in cloudy weather for three whole days.
PlanetSolar is keenly aware that the shipping industry alone is responsible for 4.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations. One of the main objective behind its world tour is to enlighten people around the world of the actual capabilities of solar power, that a renewable energy-run commercial vessel is not only entirely possible, but extremely capable.