Turanor Planetsolar the solar-powered vessel, enters Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Since departing from Monaco on September 27, 2010, the ship has been circling the globe, from Miami to the Panama Canal, to the Philippines and now Hong Kong.
The solar-powered catamaran is on a record-breaking circumnavigation of the world, powered exclusively by solar energy.
The catamaran Turanor Planetsolar just made the latest stop on its world tour as it docked in the port of Hong Kong. The Swiss-designed , German-built ship is powered by over 5,380 square feet of solar paneling, and it hopes to inspire the fuel-guzzling shipping industry by promoting renewable energy.
Measuring around 101 feet long and 49 feet wide, PlanetSolar can comfortably transport 50 passengers to their desired ports of call.
The vessel cost around $26 million. The solar panels on PlanetSolar power two electric motors, which can reach 15 miles per hour.
The excess energy is stored in a giant lithium-ion battery, enough to power the boat in cloudy weather for three whole days.