02 Sep '13, 4am

Solar Powered Ship Arrives in Europe

Leaving St John’s, Canada on 6 August and traveling at an average speed of 4.5 knots, the solar ship arrived in Europe 23 days later. This is PlanetSolar’s second transatlantic crossing this year. PlanetSolar in St John's, courtesy PlanetSolar Built in Kiel, Germany, PlanetSolar is the world’s biggest solar ship and is powered exclusively by solar energy. In May 2012 the vessel completed the first solar-powered trip around the world, sailing for 584 days. Before its 2013 voyages the ship underwent major maintenance operations, the PlanetSolar team said. “The most significant optimisation was related to the propulsion system—the surface propellers were replaced by a completely immerged system,” said a statement. The ship undergoing maintenance early this year, courtesy PlanetSolar Navigation was problematic on the North Atlantic, the crew reported. “The weather conditions w...

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