The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is the first vehicle to have successfully achieved the feat of traveling around the world using solar energy alone. After more than 19 months of navigation around the globe, the world’s largest solar ship ever built has crossed the finish line in Monaco. Following a course close to the equator, which led through the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal, PlanetSolar visited 28 countries to promote the use of solar energy. After departing from Monaco on the September 27, 2010, the ship sailed for 585 days without a single drop of fuel to show the potential and reliability of solar energy.
Expedition leader Raphaël Domjan declared: “We are extremely happy to have achieved this first world tour with solar energy! We have shown that we have the technologies as well as the knowledge to become sustainable and safeguard our blue planet.”
For more information on the mission, visit PlanetSolar’s website.