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September 28, 2011

First Solar Boat Expedition Around the Globe


Photo credit: planet-solar.org

Expedition around the globe

On its round-the-globe expedition, the TÛRANOR PlanetSolar will pioneer the use of sustainable energy technology on water. It is different from anything that has happened in the field of mobility to date. This solar catamaran uses the very latest cutting-edge technology available on the market. Their intention is to demonstrate that high-performance solar mobility can be realised today by making innovative use of existing materials and technology. The name TÛRANOR is derived from the “Lord of the Rings” saga by J.R.R. Tolkien and translates as “the power of the sun” and "victory."

Challenges:

  • Energy management: mobility shall not use more energy than that provided by the power of the sun.
  • Efficiency: S-mobility (smart and solar mobility) only makes sense if the costs are reasonable and competitive. Therefore, we are mainly using materials and technology available today which have the potential to be mass-produced, thus lowering prices and operating costs considerably over time.



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