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World’s largest solar ship visits Deltaville

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The 100-foot-long Tûranor PlanetSolar anchored in Fishing Bay in Deltaville. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

The world’s largest solar-powered ship anchored in Fishing Bay in Deltaville last week to avoid some bad weather in the ocean.

The 100-foot-long Tûranor PlanetSolar was launched in Kiel, Germany in March 2010. In May 2012 she became the first ship to sail around the world solely on solar power. The solar panels are more than 75-feet wide and 114-feet long and can move the 89-ton ship at an average of 5 knots.

This spring Tûranor PlanetSolar broke her own 26-day speed record for crossing the Atlantic.

This summer she is a scientific platform as part of the “PlanetSolar DeepWater” expedition. The project aims to harvest new data along the Gulf Stream.

Due to the Tûranor PlanetSolar’s special features, the measurements collected by the onboard scientific team will not be distorted by pollutant gases, an important factor that should enable clear identification of certain components of the ocean current. In addition, the journey will illustrate the potential uses of the solar ship.

Check out this blog post the crew made during their stop in Deltaville.

posted 06.19.2013

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