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Glitch for PLANETSOLAR but Voyage Continues

19 April, 2010


After a two weeks stay caused by repair work, the TŪRANOR PlanetSolar has left Bora Bora yesterday noon to continue her solar circumnavigation of the world.

As stated, the world\'s largest solar boat had to change its route on March 30th and return to Bora Bora due to mechanical problems in the steering system of the propeller blades. This has been repaired provisionally. After successful tests the biggest solar boat of the world now takes course for Tonga where it is expected at the end of April.

From there, TŪRANOR PlanetSolar continues her solar expedition around the world heading for New Caledonia. The visit of the Australian continent is scheduled for mid of May. First stop will be at Brisbane. There the solar boat will go to a shipyard for maintenance and final repair of the steering system.

THE VESSEL

The TŪRANOR PlanetSolar began her journey around the world in Monaco on 27th September 2010, powered exclusively by solar energy. The mission of the world\'s largest solar boat, which was built in Germany, is to demonstrate that existing renewable energy technologies are reliable and effective. The project also aims to advance scientific research. The PlanetSolar project, founded by the Swiss Raphael Domjan and based in Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland/ Canton Vaud), has made technological developments possible in fields such as the production of composite materials and structures as well as the storage of solar energy.

For the tour, the project can rely on technical data provided by Metéo France. A solar routing technology was specifically developed for the project. Sailing under Swiss flag and measuring close to 102 feet in length and 50 feet in width, TŪRANOR PlanetSolar is covered by a 5,700 square feet solar generator, using solar cells made by the California-based SunPower Corporation.

SunPower offers solar cells which are 50% more efficient than conventional solar cells. When building the boat, a number of German companies demonstrated their expertise in the field of renewable energies. Within a sponsoring scheme, PlanetSolar main partners are the Swiss watchmaker Candino - Yverdon-les-Bains, 16. April 2011

Source – Planet Solar

 
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