After almost two months at sea, the TURANOR Planet Solar sun-powered ship has finally made it across the Atlantic on the first part of its world-spanning voyage.
The TURANOR left Monaco on September 27th and docked in Miami, Florida on the 29th of November. It was a long journey for the world’s largest solar-powered ship. With over 500 square meters of solar panels, The TURANOR can store enough energy to travel three days without direct sunlight at a top speed of 14 knots from its two electric motors. From here, TURANOR heads to Cancun, then on to a world-spanning voyage that includes stops in San Francisco, Sydney, and Abu Dhabi.
In total it took TURANOR about 63 days to make the trans-Atlantic journey. It took the pilgrims just 66 days to cross the Atlantic in the Mayflower (a little Thanksgiving-themed factoid for ya). While it isn’t what one might call a “speedy” ride, I think it was probably a good bit more comfortable than the quarters on the Mayflower.
There’s a lot of potential in solar power for shipping, as well as in wind power. After all, both are free, which means more money in the pockets of the shippers and more competitive pricing. Somebody just has to develop a practical solar-powered cargo ship, and TURANOR is a (small) step in the right direction.
Source: Planet Solar
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