Friday, May 20, 2011
The unveiling of TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, took place back in February. In September, this solar-powered catamaran set out on its first major voyage, from Monaco to Miami, FL. TÛRANOR PlanetSolar is 31 meters (101.7 feet) long and 15 meters (49.2 feet) wide. It is fully powered by solar panels and its solar cells have an efficiency rate of at least 22%, the highest that is commercially available at the moment. The catamaran can accommodate up to 13 people — 6 crew members and up to 7 passengers. (Although, once the ship is docked, up to 40 people can get on board).