March 5, 2010

World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat to Circumnavigate the Globe

Plans for a 102-foot catamaran (named "PlanetSolar") were unveiled on February 25 at a shipyard in Germany. It's the world's largest solar boat and powered exclusively by about 38,000 high-efficiency solar cells manufactured by SunPower Corporation. Wow, we only have two solar panels on our sailboat.

The multihull will be home to two sailors during the round-the-world attempt, and can accommodate up to fifty people during the promotional trips planned at each port of call.

They will begin testing it in late March, a year prior to a planned round-the-world journey in April 2011. Planned public stopovers on the east-to-west voyage include Hamburg, Germany; London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York, and San Francisco, California, in the United States; Singapore; and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.