PlanetSolar, the largest solar catamaran ever built, became a scientific platform as part of the DeepWater expedition. The researchers will conduct a unique campaign of physical and biological measurements along the Gulf Stream, with no carbon emissions.
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This scientific adventure of PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition, allowing researchers from the University of Geneva to take advantage of the exclusive features, aims to improve our understanding of the interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere. Will also raise public awareness of the complexity of climate change and its impacts.
“Along the way, researchers on Beniston’s team will be examining the characteristics of seawater, phytoplankton, and suspended particles in the air, all to get a better picture of how the atmosphere and the ocean interact and influence climate.”
In 2012 the solar-powered catamaran designed by New Zealander Craig Loomes, took a trip around the world powered from the sun.
The vessel is capable to supply a total of 516 m2 of flat photovoltaics which power the 90 tonnes of it, at a cruising speed of 5 knots.