This beautiful yacht is called Tûranor PlanetSolar. It’s a part of the PlanetSolar project with University of Geneve to have execute deep water expeditions. The name Tûranor is a reference to the J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings book and it means “The Power of the Sun”. Tûranor PlanetSolar is a 31-metre-long and 15-metre-wide yacht that is capable of travelling around the world non-stop and the only energy source is the Sun (except for the kitchen which uses gas). The name Tûranor is a well thought name indeed.
Immo Stroher, a German investor and, more importantly, an advocate of renewable forms of energy, invested $17.5 million into this yacht. On 27 September 2010 Tûranor PlanetSolar sailed from Monaco and, after a world tour, ended up in Monaco on 4 May 2012. This and a few other amazing results put Tûranor PlanetSolar in Guinness Book of World Records. In fact, the following are the awards & honors Tûranor PlanetSolar earned, which include the world records.
- Global +5 Inovative Price, presented by The Global Journal, October 2012
- Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM): First around the world with a solar boat
- Award of Flag 71, Raphaël Domjan, MI’11 PlanetSolar, Explorers Club Flag
- 2011 Environmental Award, Special mention « environmental benefit »
The Guinness World Records:
- The fastest transatlantic crossing made completely under solar power
- The largest solar powered boat
- The fastest crossing of the South China Sea made completely under solar power
- First circumnavigation by a solar-powered boat
- The longest journey by solar-powered boat
One of the many exciting features of this project is the opportunity to follow the yacht’s route in real time (click on this link to see the current position of the yacht). However, nothing could impress us more than the fact that Jean Verne, great grandson of Jules Verne is a part of this project (click on this link to read more).
Now, that brings us to the reason of this article. Tûranor PlanetSolar was supposed to leave Boston in 6/27/2013 and head out to Canada.
However, as of 7/02/2013, it is still in Boston as you can see from the screenshot below.
Rest assured, the crew is eager to set sail to continue the scientific expedition, as you can clearly understand from the last blog post in their website with the title “Frustration” (click on this link to see the blog post).
Therefore, if you are in Boston, hurry up and use your last chance to see the solar yacht before it leaves!!!