World’s Largest Solar Boat ready for World Tour

Ok, I know that this aren’t a car, but I think it’s interesting for you.

PlanetSolar enjoys the distinction of being the largest solar-powered boat in the world, and it’s ready to take on the world. This beauty’s vital stats are: weight: 60-ton, a 470-square-meter are covered by 38,000 solar panels to generate 103.4 kW of energy. 18 million euro ($24.4 million) was spent to adorn this beauty in environmentally friendly way. SunPower Corporation has provided the all vital 38,000 black photovoltaic cells to generate power for this catamaran. These solar panels have a pretty decent conversion rate of 22%. This solar powered ship will be launched this month to get the real taste of water from the Knierim Yacht Club in Kiel, Germany.

PlanetSolar is a multlihull vessel topped by a large array of photovoltaic solar panels, constructed by Knierim Yacht Club, in Kiel, Germany. Currently at the design stage, it will be a boat of impressive proportions, and yet it will be both silent and clean. The goal is to navigate around the world at an average speed of 8 knots — no mean feat for a solar-powered craft.

The ideal shape and size of the boat for the chosen route will be determined by in-depth research. The PlanetSolar engineers have to factor in a host of parameters — propulsion, solar panel design, energy storage, materials, and the external environment. A whole range of studies will need to be conducted in areas such as the boat’s hydro and aerodynamics, the materials used, the management and storage of energy and, finally, the power plant and the optimal routing.

Some features of this boat are the additional removable parts allow it to expose a total of 500 m2 of photovoltaic surface (solar panels) to the sun. This impressive data make it the biggest solar run ship in the world.

  • Length: 31 m
  • Width: 15 m
  • Length with flaps: 35 m
  • Width with flaps: 23 m
  • Height: 6 m
  • Weight: 60 t
  • Surface of solar modules: 500 m2
  • Panel output: 22%
  • Power received by the sun: 103.4 kW (138.7HP)
  • Average engine consumption: 20 kW (26.8HP)
  • Average speed: 8 kt (15 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 14 kt (25 km/h)
  • Crew: 2 skippers
  • People that can go onboard: 200
  • Autonomy: Never-ending solar navigation


By hybrid blogger Posted in News!

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