Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Future Odyssey: Solar Boat Encourages Sustainable Living

After journeying over 48,000km using only energy from the sun, the world's largest solar-powered boat docked in Abu Dhabi on January 15th after a year long journey to mark the opening of the annual 2012 World Future Energy Summit.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar's is a 101ft catamaran layered with 537 square metres of photovoltaic cells and was built to demonstrate the potential for reducing the carbon impact of shipping, which as an industry is thought to account for around three per cent of global emissions.

"PlanetSolar's voyage around the world spreads an important message about renewable energy and sustainable living and encompasses the vision to create a greener future though a unique platform," said the green energy developer.

Interesting Fact: the ship’s name, “Tûranor”, was derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga, which means “The Power of the Sun”.

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