by Jeni Bone
The world’s largest solar-powered boat is in Brisbane, the only stopover in Australia on its worldwide journey, and has been proving popular with locals along the waterfront.
PlanetSolar in Tahiti
The $16m impressive, streamlined German-made Turanor PlanetSolar docked at Eagle St Pier on Sunday early morning.
The 31m-long catamaran took 10 days to cross the Coral Sea to Australia. Boasting 500 sq m of photo voltaic solar panels, the German-made Turanor PlanetSolar aims to show photo voltaic electricity is reliable and eco-friendly.
The 31m-long catamaran will berth at Brisbane’s Riverside Centre pontoon in the vicinity of Eagle Street about midday (AEST) on Sunday.
The brainchild of Swiss businessman and electrical engineer Raphael Domjan, Turanor stores electricity in batteries which can electric power its electrical motors with out sunlight for a few days at 7.five knots.
Turanor, that means 'power of the sun', is derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of your Rings.
PlanetSolar September 2010
Seeing that leaving Monaco on September 27, Turanor has previously broken two information: quickest crossing of your Atlantic Ocean by solar boat and longest distance actually covered by a solar electric car or truck.
'We have 8 or 9 months additional to go,' Mr Domjan said.
'It’s the first time a photo voltaic boat has crossed the Pacific to Australia. 'It’s an journey and you may have issues but everything is going fine.'
The Turanor will be docked at Eagle St Pier until Thursday. It has already covered more 15,000 nautical miles, greater than fifty percent of its journey. The Turanor departed Monaco on September 27 and has achieved the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by a solar boat and the longest distance ever covered by a solar electric vehicle.
Follow the journey at www.planetsolar.org