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World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Prepares For Carbon-free Trip Around The Globe

World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Prepares For Carbon-free Trip Around The Globe

A joint effort of scientists, sailors, and investors from around the world, Planet Solar has made a huge push for solar energy by developing the world’s largest solar powered boat. Today, the 60-ton smart yacht is nearing completion, and soon it will make a voyage around the world leaving nothing but waves in its wake.

The global shipping industry has been struggling to find ways that it can improve its efficiency and generate fewer carbon dioxide emissions, and despite breakthroughs in salt water and algae fuels, progress has been slow.

According to EarthJustice, “ships transport 90 percent of the world’s consumer goods, including computers, cars, shoes, clothes and toys…Ships burn tons of fuel per hour, generating 3 to 4 percent percent or more of human-generated global warming gases – more than commercial aviation.”

If successful, the launch of the futuristic-looking Planet Solar boat will demonstrate the versitility of renewable energy, and a bright hope for how the shipping industry might one day be able to eliminate its carbon footprint.

Picking up and dropping off passengers at various major ports, Planet Solar is scheduled to return to Europe in April 2011 after leaving it’s home port in Kiel Germany on February 25th. This venture aims to raise awareness of the fact that transportation and cruise boats currently emit a large portion of the planet’s total carbon emissions (PSFK).

Because the shipping industry is under-regulated, its environmental and public health impacts will escalate tremendously as global trade triples over the next two decades – unless new air pollution and no-discharge laws are enacted by national and international bodies (Earthjustice).

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9:43PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you.

9:42PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you.

9:41PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you.

9:40PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you.

3:41PM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Voted. This is a good idea!

7:58AM PDT on May 19, 2011

thanks

7:21PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Wow, and THANK YOU!

3:28PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

I met two of the crew members in the Galapagos, what a monumental voyage they are undertaking-safe passage Turanor Planet Solar!!

2:58PM PST on Jan 1, 2011


I just found out, the boat is in Colombia...

http://www.planetsolar.org/be-part-of-it-logbook.en.php

2:47PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Where is that boat now? What happens? That's what I would like to know...

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