WORLD SOLAR NAVIGATION CHALLENGE
In May of 2012, the Turanor PlanetSolar set a world navigation speed of 584 days, using only energy harvested from nature. In 2019 the Cleaner Ocean Foundation completed a study that suggests a more efficient boat could cut that record in half.
Though the technology is similar, several designs use quite different approaches to make it all the more interesting. For example in 1994 the Solar Navigator started out as a SWATH design, first exhibited at Earls Court in 1995. Since that time various wave piercing models have been developed and tested, the aim being to improve performance and reduce build costs. One day it may be possible to travel around the world on solar power, in under 80 days - but not yet. Jules Verne would have loved this.
CLIMATE CHANGER - The above table illustrates one of the most likely ocean awareness expedition routes, known as the 'Sunshine Route,' showing the time elapsed in days for 7 knots average cruising speed, including times for 5 and 6 knot averages - allowing for 10% downtime and 36 days in ports. Hence, although the objective is to reduce the current solar circumnavigation record from 584 days, the event in not an outright non-stop yacht competition in the offshore racing sense. It remains to be seen how accurate such a prediction might be. In this table we only allowed 36 days for provisioning and PR but added a 10% contingency for servicing, that could be used for additional time in ports. As a Climate Changing event, performance is one of the main criteria, especially concerning the possibilities for a transition to low carbon shipping and the contribution this might make in combating global warming.
PlanetSolar - ROUTE and EXPEDITION
Raphaël Domjan - Project's Founder and future Co-Navigator
Patrick Schoetker - Team Medical Doctor, Anesthesiologist FMH
PlanetSolar - SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT
Richard Mesple - Engineer, HES, Project Manager
Marc Wüst - Builder and Naval Designer
Goulpié - Scientific Coordinator
Affolter - Technical Adviser, Engineer M. ENG
PlanetSolat - ADMINISTRATION and MARKETING
Nowak - Strategy and Partnerships
Frédéric Rein - Media and Communication, Journalist
Alexis Domjan - Webmaster and Graphics
PlanetSolar - SPONSORSHIP STEERING COMMITTEE
Jean-Louis Aucouturier - Founder of the Electric Boats of France AFBE
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede - Navigator and Record Holder
Jean Verne - Great-Grandson of the writer, Jules Verne
Fernand Cuche - Conseiller d'Etat neuchâtelois, Vert
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One of the Solar Navigator (test rig) models from 2002
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