Chasing The Sun: The Giant Boat Powered By Solar Energy – MS Tûranor PlanetSolar

The largest solar-powered boat in the world was launched on March 31, 2010, under the name MS Tûranor PlanetSolar (also known as PlanetSolar), founded by the Swiss explorer Raphael Domjan. It completed the first solar electric car circumnavigation in 584 days between 2010 and 2012.

The two electric motors – one in each hull – are connected to the solar panels, which cover 537 m2 of the 31-meter boat and have a 93 kW rating. There are 8.5 tons of lithium-ion batteries inside the two hulls of the ship. The boat’s form allows it to go at speeds of up to 10 knots (19 km/h). The hull was tested in tanks and wind tunnels to determine its hydrodynamics and aerodynamics. It was intended to use the boat as a luxury yacht following the record attempt.

Due to the modular design of the vessel, a total of 516 m2 of flat photovoltaics pointed directly at the sun can power 6 blocks of lithium-ion batteries. Along with the aerodynamics and energy collection system, engineers have fine-tuned the construction to ensure that it will withstand the arduous transatlantic flight.

As it travels across the ocean, the boat, which is equipped with a trawling filter net/scoop, may collect as much as 8 tons of pollution. The large number of solar panels that have been mounted on the 6 meter wide ship produce 127 horsepower (93.5 kW), with a maximum output of 120 kW, at average speeds of 5 knots (9.25 km/h).

Let’s take a look at this boat in the video below:

Source: Pireas Piraeus

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