PlanetSolar WORLD NAVIGATION
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MAGNIFICENT - An amazing sight, to see all those solar panels on water at a time when climate denial was rampant in 2012, and with so many solutions available, yet still we are at a crisis point in time as we head into 2020, with no solar powered cargo ships or cruise liners.
The idea was developed by Raphael Domjan and a big team, including:
The great grandson of Jules Verne; Jean Verne;
Aucouturier, Professor Emeritus at the ENSEIRB Graduate Engineering School - Bordeaux Science and Technology University and President-Founder of the Electric Boats of France
(l'Association française pour le bateau électrique - AFBE).;
The crew of six set out to circumnavigate the globe using only solar power. Captain of the expedition was Frenchman Patrick Marchesseau. Other participants were Christian Ochsenbein (Bern, Switzerland) and Jens Langwasser (Kiel, Germany); as well as project initiator, president and expedition leader Raphaël Domjan (Neuchatel, Switzerland).
27 November 2010 the solar boat reached Miami. A significant
stopover was Cancún, during the United
Nations World Climate Conference.
The vessel was scheduled for a refit so it could be chartered to tourists in the Mediterranean Sea. Cruises were planned with 12 passengers and 4 crew on board. But instead did a world PR tour followed by use to sample seawater for plastic.
This is a useful comparison table between the Elizabeth Swann and PlanetSolar based on the published details above. Note the Swann's specification is draft and subject to change as the development proceeds, the Planet's spec is actual:
GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS - MS Turanor PlanetSolar (Switzerland) circumnavigated the world in a westward direction from Monaco in 1 year 7 months and 7 days from 27 September 2010 to 4 May 2012.
CLIMATE CHANGE HEROES
It takes a certain kind of person to fund a challenge like sponsoring a boat that is designed to sail around the world using photovoltaic panels as the motive power source.
Working as a team to overcome the myriad challenges moves mankind closer to a sustainable ideal that the world as a whole is waiting to achieve. PlanetSolar pushed the boundaries of clean electric sailing forward a notch. Proving that the concept of a world voyage on solar power, first presented at the London Boat Show in 1994 as the SolarNavigator, was sound.
With TU Delft making offshore history, again at Monaco in July 2019, the possibilities for clean ocean transport tool another step forward.
Another team that are considering challenging the present record, want to power the Elizabeth Swan to a new record, the aim being to demonstrate that low carbon ocean transport is here to help combat global warming.
The Parties to the Climate Change Conference that is taking place in Chile is December 2019 and again in 2020, may want to take note.
All those who took part in world navigation in 2010/2012 and all of those who participate in solar boat races everywhere are made of the right stuff. They are Climate Change Heroes every one.
Well done to everyone who tries to make a difference, be it on the water, on land or in the air. With especial thanks to His Serene Highness, Prince Albert of Monaco, for having the vision to host such events at such a prestigious venue.
EMERGENCY ACTIONS: SIX STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
Low carbon shipping is just one of Six Suggested Steps toward reversing global warming include building carbon neutral housing, driving clean cars and changing to renewable energy. Humans are creatures of habit. Change is the hardest thing of all.
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