Sunday, May 27th, 2012
LOMOcean Design, a New Zealand firm, is celebrating the success of its innovative design that allowd MS Turanor PlanetSolar to become the first solar powered vessel to circumnavigate the globe without the aid of fossil fuels or wind. The solar catamaran recently landed in Monaco, completing a journey of more than 60,000 km. A total of 584 travel days were required to complete the challenge.
The 95 ton ship is constructed of light carbon and features solar panels measuring 537 square meters. When the sun was hidden, the vessel had to rely on energy stored in batteries or wait until the sun reappeared. Due to limited hours of sunlight in New Zealand, Turanor PlanetSolar did not visit the country where it was conceived during it round the world journey.
The future of Turanor PlanetSolar has not yet been determined now that its journey around the world is complete. Under consideration are plans to use it for scientific studies or to sell it as a luxury eco-friendly yacht. Read more about Planet Solar in this earlier post and on the official PlanetSolar website.