Considering all means of transport, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is the first car to have successfully achieved the feat of travelling across the world with solar energy only. After over 19 weeks of navigation around the globe, the world’s biggest solar ship ever built, has crossed the finish line at 2.12 pm in the Hercule harbour in Monaco. After a journey of 60’006 km that has taken them through all of the oceans and continents, the eco-adventurers and their loved ones and the onshore team finally met again under the applause of a crowd that has come here to welcome them.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, built in Kiel, Germany, is a catamaran powered exclusively by solar energy. It is coated with m2 of panels. After two years of design and construction, MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is behind many technological improvements, especially in the field of composite manufacturing and storage of solar energy. The expedition was supported by PlanetSolar SA and private partners, such as the Swiss watchmaker Candino and German specialist in energy management Immosolar, but also by public institutions, including the Swiss Confederation, with “Presence Suisse”. Moreover, weather predictions are used by PlanetSolar. An routing software was developed specifically in the French company ADRENA and Yverdon-les-Bains to the HEIG-VD’s support.