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  MS TURANOR PLANETSOLAR STARTS ITS TRIP AROUND THE WORLD

Monaco, September, 27th, 2010

 

Today, ca. 14:30 a.m. the world’s largest solar boat MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar started on its epic journey around the world in Monaco. With this spectacular expedition, the iniatiors of this project would like to focus the public awareness on the importance of renewable energies for

environmental protection.

 

The german entrepreneur Immo Ströher is owner of the boat. Immo Ströher : “We want to help drive forward the development of sustainable energy technologies on the water and in other mobile applications. The aim is to offer future-proof solutions for sustainable living in major cities and environmental y

responsible mobility concepts, solar mobility can make a significant contribution to this endeavour”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swiss project founder Raphael Domjan said before the boat left Monte Carlo: “The entire PlanetSolar team is very happy to launch the first solar boat expedition here in Monaco. Planet earth deserves it, that we use its resources wisely and employ the immense power provided by nature sensibly.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crew of six wil  circumnavigate the globe solely with the aid of solar power. Captain with his great wealth of experience will  be the French Patrick Marchesseau, furthermore Christian Ochsenbein (Bern, Switzerland); for the navigation Michaela von Koskul  (Finland) and Jens Langwasser (Kiel, Germany); as wel  as project initiator Raphael Domjan (Yverdon-les Bain, Switzerland). On its first leg of its journey MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar wil  cross the Atlantic. The current routing around the globe (subject to favourable weather and nautical conditions) foresees stopovers in several metropoles. In Miami, Cancun, San Francisco, Sydney, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Monaco the project PlanetSolar

wil  inform the public about the importance of sustainability and renewable energies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The boat will  navigate around the world under Swiss flag, the project is Swiss based and has the support of the Government.

 

The state-of-the-art solar boat (31m long, 15 m wide) boasts of approximately 540 square metres decked with photovoltaic modules. Due to special batteries on board the boat is estimated to sail for about three days even without fresh solar power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar was designed by Craig Loomes from Auckland, New Zealand, who won several prizes for his outstanding yachts. Then it was built by Knierim Werft in Kiel, Germany.

 

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