MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has been upgraded and ready to sail. The boat is back again on water and a really interesting program for 2013 is waiting the new crew starting from Monaco Marine Shipyard – La Ciotat (France). The improvements performed the past few months allow the diversification of the applications of the vessel.
After two years of navigation with solar energy give the PlanetSolar teams the ability to define and proceed to the adequate upgrade of the vessel. The maintenance took six months of dry-docking and now PlanetSolar is back in the water. What is the result? The upgraded PlanetSolar presents renovated cabins, a new sundeck on the bridge, reinforced mooring cleats, an increased capacity of water tank and an improved rudder. Finally, the major improvement was made to the propulsion system, where the teams replaced the propellers by a completely immerged system and installed more powerful electric motors on the bow thrusters. In other words, all these improvements give the ability to the vessel for the first time to navigate to the northernmost part of the Atlantic (near the Arctic). The new crew presented during the launch of the 2013 Campaign in Monaco on March, 18th has a wonderful, fascinating program upcoming:
- March 18th: beginning of the 2013 Campaign in the Principality of Monaco with the presentation of the design and crew for the first time and departure for the Atlantic, where it will attempt to break its own world record speed for a transatlantic crossing that is powered only by solar energy (26 days in 2010).
- From May: PlanetSolar becomes a platform for research: in collaboration with the University of Geneva in the framework of the “PlanetSolar DeepWater” expedition. Led by Professor Martin Beniston, climatologist and co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, an onboard scientific team will collect new data along the Gulf Stream. The ship will follow the ocean current from Florida to the Far North and will put into port in Miami, New York, Boston, St. John’s, Reykjavik, Bergen, Oslo, and Paris.
- In the summer: the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar becomes a water cleaner of floating waste in European waters. In collaboration with the Waste Free Oceans Foundation, the ship will be equipped with an ingenious trawling net that can collect up to 8 tons of marine pollution.
- In the fall: continuation of promotion campaign of photovoltaic energy and sailing to the cities of Izmir and Istanbul.
The year 2013 is a challenging year for our favorite solar ship; MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will intend to show the practical applications of the largest solar boat ever built. “It will move beyond its role as mobile ambassador of solar energy and become a multifunctional tool, just like a Swiss Army Knife”.
See more detailed information on the plane and the team on: http://www.planetsolar.org
PlanetSolar official website: http://www.planetsolar.org
Press Release 28/02/2013 PlanetSolar takes the plunge again!