Monday, August 3, 2009

Around the World on Solar Power



A Swiss engineer is attempting to lead the first expedition to sail around the world on a catamaran powered entirely on solar energy. The catamaran, designed by Raphael Domjan, is called "Planet Solar". The boat is being built in Germany and the round-the-world attempt will launch in 2011.

The boat’s deck will be covered in 470 square meters of solar panels and its skippers hope to average a speed of eight knots. To take advantage of the most sunlight possible, the tentative route is largely around the equator. In case of bad weather, batteries on board will be able to store solar energy to power the boat for three days. Domjan hopes the $11.5 million project will prove that boats can travel at high speed without emitting any carbon dioxide.

Source: Thomson Reuters

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