This is MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered catamaran built by Swiss company PlanetSolar, designed by naval architect, Craig Loomes from New Zealand and financed by a German entrepreneur, Immo Ströher. Constructed in Kiel, Germany back in 2008 in the Knierim Yachtbau shipyard, MS Tûranor PlanetSolar officially launched in 2010.
The solar-powered sea craft uses renewable energy thanks to its immense solar panels that spread over 5,000 square feet across its roof. The vessel offers a maximum speed of 14 knots, but in order to conserve energy, its speed is kept to about four to five knots. While 40 passengers/crew can be easily accommodated, during its initial journey, the boat was equipped with a crew of only six people.
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The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar sailed around the world – the itinerary included the Galapagos, South America, Asia, Abu Dhabi, and the oceanic waters in and around the Equator. This majestic beauty was donated to the Race for Water Foundation.