PlanetSolar will achieve the first around the world with solar energy on May 4th, 2012 in Monaco12/04/2012
After having safely crossed the dangerous Gulf of Aden, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is now navigating in the more secure waters of the Red Sea. The first around the world with solar energy will now proceed to the last important navigation of its adventure before the arrival on May 4th, 2012 in Monaco. Thanks to a meticulous preparation organized by the former chief of the Swiss Army Christophe Keckeis, the dangerous crossing of the Gulf of Aden has been safely achieved.
First world voyage only powered by solar energy
Currently navigating in the Red Sea, the biggest solar boat ever built progresses towards the North and will stop in Egypt, in Hurgada and Sharm El Sheikh, before crossing the Suez Canal and be back in the Mediterranean Sea. More than a year and a half after leaving Monaco, the Swiss catamaran is thereby beginning the last 3’000 miles (5’400 km) out of the 30’000 miles on the itinerary of this first world voyage only powered by solar energy.
Arrival on May 4th, 2012
In order to celebrate the success of this unique project, a celebration weekend is planed on May 4th, 5th and 6th in the Hercule harbour in Monaco. After crossing the finish line, the team will be participating in an official arrival ceremony with Swiss and Monegasque personalities. Several events will be organized to support the festivities.
PlanetSolar was initiated by the Swiss Raphaël Domjan and has its headquarters in Yverdonles- Bains, Switzerland. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, built in Kiel, Germany, is a catamaran powered exclusively by solar energy. It is covered with 537 m2 of photovoltaic panels. After two years of design and construction, PlanetSolar is behind many technological advances, especially in the field of composite manufacturing and storage of solar energy. PlanetSolar is primarily funded by private partners, the Swiss watchmaker Candino and German specialist in energy management Immosolar, but also by public institutions, including the Swiss Confederation, with “Presence Suisse”. Moreover, PlanetSolar uses weather forecasts offered by MeteoFrance. An innovative software has been developed specifically for this expedition with the support of the HEIG-VD in Yverdon and the French society ADRENA.
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