World's largest solar-powered boat ends its world tour in London

Updated: 2013-09-02
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Planet Solar ends its world tour in London (PlanetSolar/Anthony Collins)
Planet Solar has docked in the British capital after an epic global voyage of scientific discovery. The biggest solar boat ever built has been sailing around the world demonstrating her practical applications and illustrating the potential of solar energy. 
The ship carried out a scientific expedition along the Gulf Stream, carrying out an exclusive campaign of physical and biological measurements and even hosting a series of events on board.

Futuristic design

The catamaran is the largest boat powered solely by the sun, measuring 35 metres in length and 15 metres in width and with an average speed of five knots.

The futuristic vessel took 14 months to build, but its incredibly light carbon structure is extremely durable.

It holds a total of 156 square metres of photovoltaic surface which can generate 480kWh.

It also boasts the largest civilian mobile battery in the world on board allowing it to travel at a top speed of 14 knots. 
The crew regularly had to optimise the ship’s route and speed, depending on the intensity of the sunlight and the weather forecast.

The project has brought together an international team of physicians, scientists, engineers, shipbuilders and sailors.

On its adventures, Planet Solar has travelled to 28 countries, crossed 11 seas, 5 oceans but consumed no fuel at all.

World records

The catamaran holds numerous honours such as 5 Guinness World records. It arrives in London having beaten its own previous record of fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by a solar boat – completing the journey in just 22 days.

It also holds the record of the longest distance ever covered by a solar electric vehicle.

It is the first time the vessel has visited the UK. She will be docked at Canary Wharf until Monday 2nd September.
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