INTERNATIONAL. After more than 48'000 km covered using solar energy only, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar continue her journey around the world.
The biggest solar ship ever built just dropped anchor in Doha where it will stay tied up to the wharf until mid-January before leaving for Abu-Dhabi as guest of honour to the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) which will take place from January 16 to 19, 2012.
Departed on 27 September 2010 from Monaco's harbour for a journey around the world from the East to the West and after having crossed the Indian ocean, the MS Tûrannor PlanetSolar will celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Doha.
This stopover will allow the crew to rest for a few days before starting their journey back to the Mediterranean. While in Doha, the crew of PlanetSolar are meeting students and researchers and to share their vision of a world where ecology and economy work in synergy.
This stage in the Arabian Gulf will lead the ship and its crew to Dubai and will end in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit.
PlanetSolar has been initiated by the Swiss Raphaël Domjan and has its headquarters in Yverdon-les-Bains in Switzerland. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar was assembled in Kiel, Germany, and is a catamaran functioning exclusively on solar energy. It is covered by 537 m2 of photovoltaic cells.
After two years of designing and building, PlanetSolar is at the heart of numerous technologic breakthroughs, in particular in the field of composite materials production and solar energy stocking.
PlanetSolar is principally financed by private partners among which are the Swiss watch maker Candino and the German energy management specialist Immosolar. In addition, PlanetSolar is also financed by public institutions such as the Swiss Confederation trough Presence Switzerland. For its journey around the world, PlanetSolar is relying on the weather forecast of MétéoFrance. An innovative routing software has been developed specially for this expedition.
Technical specifications MS Tûranor PlanetSolar
Length: 35 m / Width: 23 m
Height: 6.10 m / Weight : 95 t
Solar cells: 38'000, efficiency 22,6%
Maximal engine power : 120 kW
Average engines consumption: 20 kW (26.8 HP)
Crew : min 4 people