The MS TURANDOR PlanetSolar sailed into Brisbane last Sunday. It is a multihull vessel topped by a large array of solar panels and is the biggest ever solar boat is both silent and clean. My friend Gabriel went to witness the arrival and sent me these pictures:
On its round-the-globe expedition, the TURANOR* PlanetSolar will pioneer the use of sustainable energy technology on water. It is different from anything that has happened in the field of mobility to date. This solar catamaran uses the very latest cutting-edge technology available on the market. Our intention is to demonstrate that high-performance solar mobility can be realised today by making innovative use of existing materials and technology.
The first round-the-world trip powered by solar energy will be realised, with stopovers along the Equator, where the maximum amount of sunlight is available. PlanetSolar’s four-man crew will cross the Atlantic Ocean, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and finally the Suez Canal, before returning to the Mediterranean.
The stopovers will be organised in large port cities (Miami, Cancun, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapour, Abu Dhabi etc.); they will give the project a high profile and will be used as a promotional platform for renewable energies, especially solar.
Crossing all seven oceans, the crew will disembark on different continents. The boat will be received as an important ambassador of the solar mobility idea.
Therefore the stopover cities visited by the MS TURANOR PlanetSolar are very important platforms to spread our various messages. We want to show that we should not squander the natural resources we have at our disposal, demonstrate the potential of renewable energies and photovoltaics, and show that we already have the technology required for sustainability.