03 May '12, 3pm

Around the World on Solar Power

Around the World on Solar Power

European Pressphoto Agency The 102-foot-long Turanor PlanetSolar departing from Monaco in September 2010. On Friday, if all goes well, a sleek spaceship-like catamaran will glide into Hercule Harbor in Monaco after a remarkable 19-month journey around the globe. Since it set sail from Monaco in September 2010, the Turanor PlanetSolar , the world’s largest solar-powered boat has crossed the Atlantic and the Pacific, passed through the Panama and Suez canals and stopped in Miami; Cancún, Mexico; Brisbane, Australia; Singapore; Abu Dhabi and many places in between. At 2.15 p.m. local time, it is expected to cross the official finish line, having proved that solar energy can power a boat all the way around the world. PlanetSolar is the brainchild of Raphaël Domjan , who is Swiss and a former ambulance driver and mountain guide. He enlisted enough sponsors to finance the creati...

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