World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Completes Its Trip Around The World

A crew of five piloted the 31-meter (102-ft) long, 15-meter (49-ft) wide vessel, which is covered in 537 square meters (5,780 sq ft) of solar panels. These provide power to four electric motors (two located in each hull), that have a maximum output of 120 kW and can propel the boat to a speed of 14 knots. It is constructed mainly of a light yet durable carbon fiber-sandwich material.

“For 8 years we have been working on achieving this world tour with solar energy,” expedition leader RaphaĆ«l Domjan wrote yesterday, in his most recently-posted logbook entry. “If everything goes according to plan, we should cross the last longitude line tomorrow and then reach Monaco, the departure point of our adventure. Friday May 4th, 2012, on this day early in the afternoon we shall succeed in this first journey around the world with solar energy.”


 World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Completes Its Trip Around The World
 World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Completes Its Trip Around The World
 World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Completes Its Trip Around The World
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