Solar Powered Turanor to Journey to Maldives

Maldives Promotion House – Turanor, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, soon to journey to Maldives, has made its first stop in Asia in its 50,000 kilometre expedition around the world. This symbol of hope for the world in its quest to find renewable sources of energy, aims to promote the use of renewable energy resources across the globe.

Built in Germany, MS Turanor PlanetSolar made its first stop in Philippines and was welcomed and hailed in its the voyage for raising awareness about the benefits of renewable energy. It represented the much needed investment and research into the sector.

The Turanor began its around-the-globe campaign on September 27th, 2010, sailing from Monaco and travelling 37,000 kilometres so far using only energy generated from the sun. The vessel will soon make its journey to the jewels of the Indian Ocean, Maldives.

The 95-ton vessel is covered by 530 square metres of solar panels that provide up to 95 kilowatts. It is exclusively powered by 38,000 solar cells. Raphael Domjan, PlanetSolar’s founder and co-skipper of Turanor, said his vision was to show the world that technology could help solve such problems as climate change and rising energy costs.

Mr. Domjan said he was confident that the cost of renewable energy would eventually go down. “One day, the cost of having solar power plants at your home will be cheaper than buying electricity from nuclear or oil-powered plants,” he said.

Apart from Maldives, the Turanor’s future stops would include Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai and Abu Dhabi before returning to Monaco. It is scheduled to complete the expedition by late April or early May 2012.

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