Friday, May 31, 2013

World's Largest Solar Boat Sets New Record

PlanetSolar’s Tûranor, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, beat its own world record this month by crossing the Atlantic in 22 days.
The crew bested the boat’s previous transatlantic speed record, set in 2010, by 4 days, 6 hours and 38 minutes.
A lot has changed for the incredible vessel since we first told you about it last year, so let’s have a closer look:



















The boat’s record-breaking journey started in Las Palmas, Spain on April 25 and reached Marigot, St. Martin in the French West Indies on May 18. The trip covered 2,867 miles.
The crew set the new record, which is currently undergoing an authorization process at Guinness World Records, despiteencountering phases of cloudiness for stretches of several days, a unique challenge for a boat powered by the sun.
In a release after the successful voyage, the boat’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville, revealed that the boat made a significant deviation to the south, which increased the overall traveling distance by 7 percent.



















The Turanor runs solely on energy found in light. The catamaran is equipped with removable parts that allow it to expose a total of 516 square meters (5,500-plus square feet) of photovoltaic solar panels to the sun. The solar panels operate at 18.9 percent efficiency and provide 93.5 kW of power.
Prior to relaunching for the 2013 campaign, a new walkway on the boat’s solar bridge was installed.