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Turanor PlanetSolar Solar Powered Boat Completes World Trip

After an 18-month world trip, the Turanor PlanetSolar has completed its voyage at the Hercule Harbor in Monaco. Turanor Planet Solar, the world’s largest solar powered boat, started its epic journey from Monaco in September 27th, 2010.

The Swiss-made vessel sports high tech solar harvesting machines on its deck which include 537 square meters of photovoltaic panels. These panels produce enough power to work two electric motors that can reach 15 miles per hour without any other means of energy. It can move even faster by adding other renewable sources like wind power.

The solar panels also take in enough energy and store them in a giant lithium-ion battery that powers the boat in cloudy weather for three whole days.

On its journey, it covered spots like Miami, CancĂşn,Brisbane,Singapore, Hong Kong andAbu Dhabiand crossed the Atlantic Ocean, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Suez Canal, and the Mediterranean.

It is estimated that shipping industry alone is responsible for 4.5% of the greenhouse gas emissions and therefore the Turanor Planet Solar world trip aimed at enlightening people about the capability of solar power.

It was Raphael Domjan’s idea to create a solar powered boat. The boat cost around $26 million to build. With 101 feet length and 49 feet width it can accommodate upto 50 passengers.

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