PlanetSolar leaving Vieux Port (Via marcovdz)
Sometimes a simple idea or dream can lead to massive accomplishments. For Rapheal Domjan, his thought of building a solar ship did just that. MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, a unconventional yacht, traveled around the globe in 585 days using only solar energy to power its journey. In a quadruple record breaking feat, the ship stopped at 28 countries along the way promoting solar energy and exploiting its power. The ships demonstration of solar power will lead to many new boating innovations and will revolutionize the way ships are built.
Craig Loomes and his team designed the 40 person 'PlanetSolar' optimizing energy collection, aerodynamics, propulsion, and materials used. The ship is extremely durable , and light due to its carbon structure and also is the biggest solar powered ship built to date. Additionally, it is 35 meters long and 23 meters wide and boasts a large array of solar panels upon its top, nearly every surface. The solar panels bring in a 22.6% yield that allows for a maximum engine output of 120 kW and an average output of 20 kW. The solar panels charge a row of 6 large lithium-ion batteries that give them a maximum energy density. With the impressive completion of the solar only commute, soon many ships will be equipped with solar powered systems similar.
Working on the ship brought together a team of diverse people including electrical engineers, physicians, sea captains, and ship builders. Navigating around the globe brought them to many different places along the way. Though most of the stops were around the equator for maximum sunshine harvesting. The global adventure showed just how powerful solar energy can be. For now, the ship is resting at Hercule Harbour in Monaco soaking up rays in the sun. Solar energy is an option that may be too appealing to pass on for the future of sea faring ships.