Environmental News Service Article:
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2010 ... 27-02.htmlKIEL, Germany, February 27, 2010 (ENS) - The world's largest solar boat, PlanetSolar, was unveiled at the HDW Shipyard in Kiel on Thursday. The multi-hull vessel, powered solely by an array of photovoltaic solar panels, was constructed by the Knierim Yacht Club in Kiel.
The Planetsolar vessel is the result of an international project, also named PlanetSolar, whose team includes physicists, engineers, boat builders and environmental protection specialists.
In late March, PlanetSolar plans to launch its catamaran for testing, and in April 2011 plans to embark on the first round-the-world sea voyage powered by solar energy. The vessel will travel from East to West, along an equatorial route.
"We are excited that the solar-powered boat is now a reality," said Raphael Domjan, CEO of PlanetSolar SA. "As we embark on the next phase of this project, we look forward to our around-the-world trip, and are confident that SunPower's proven technology will get us there."
The 30 meter (98 foot) long and 16 meter (52 foot) wide revolutionary catamaran, is topped with more than 500 square meters (5,381 square feet) of high-efficiency solar cells manufactured by California-based SunPower Corp.