PlanetSolar: The largest solar-powered boat in the world


PlanetSolar, the largest solar-powered boat in the world will set sail for Venice on September 4.

On May 4, 2012, after 584 days at sea and more than 60,000 km, the Swiss design catamaran built in Germany and the first solar boat to travel around the world, completed the first solar-powered trip across the globe, stopping in 28 countries.

The objective of the mission, led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), was to promote the use of solar power, prove the reliability and effectiveness of the technologies currently available, and explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submersed by the waters in the Argolic Gulg in Greece. It also dedicated space to archeological research in the second and last phase of the Greek-Swiss expedition.

“The catamaran’s spacious livable surface and her complete energy independence, as well as her low draught and great manoeuvrability made it an optimal work platform for the researchers. Once again, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has shown that she is an ideal base for scientific research, and reaffirms her many versatile uses!” stated the ship’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville.

After completing the first phase of the world-wide trip, the ship started its second phase, in 2013, to continue in its biological and physical research project.

It will finally drop anchor in Certosa Island, in the Venetian Lagoon, until Expo 2015 during which Venice is expected to launch water and sustainability projects.