World's largest solar-powered boat completes its trip around the world

The MS T?or PlanetSolar pulled into Monaco's Hercule Harbor on Friday, completing its journey around the world--the very first solely solar-powered watercraft to do so. Of course, it's not an ordinary ship. It cost over $16 million USD, has over 500 square meters of solar panels, and can house 200 people. The ship is mostly designed for efficiency--it has a super-light hull made mostly from foam and carbon fiber, and is designed for minimum friction with the water. That's because even with 38,000 individual photovoltaic cells, it still can't drive all that much power to its four electric motors, which can only output 26-horsepower each. Still, it can glide along at 14 knots--not a speed demon, but respectable. The 115-foot-long ship--also the world's longest solar-powered ship--took 585 days to travel all seven seas (are there actually seven seas? A high five to anyone who can name the seven seas in the comments), during which the crew actually had to fight off pirates, and its fate

World's largest solar-powered boat completes its trip around the world

On September 27th of 2010, the world's largest solar-powered boat - the T?ANOR PlanetSolar - set out from Monaco on a quest to become the first boat to sail around the world using nothing put ...

Fri 4 May 12 from Gizmag

Microsubmarines may help clean up oil spills

If anything good came out of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, it was that it got people thinking about technologies for cleaning up future spills. While things like magnetic soap, nanosponges, ...

Thu 3 May 12 from Gizmag

Tour on solar-powered boat to beat climate change

Scanning the horizon on his solar-powered catamaran, Swiss electrical engineer Raphael Domjan counts down the hours to the completion of his record-breaking world tour.

Thu 3 May 12 from Phys.org

Self-propelled micro submarine cleans up motor oil

Watch the first oil-carrying nanomachine zip through liquid

Thu 3 May 12 from Newscientist

First 'microsubmarines' designed to help clean up oil spills

Scientists are reporting development and successful testing of the first self-propelled "microsubmarines" designed to pick up droplets of oil from contaminated waters and transport them to collection ...

Wed 2 May 12 from Phys.org

The First Solar-Powered Ship to Circumnavigate the Globe Completes Its Trip

The MS T?or PlanetSolar pulled into Monaco's Hercule Harbor on Friday, completing its journey around the world--the very first solely solar-powered watercraft to do so. Of course, it's ...

Tue 8 May 12 from Popular Science

See, solar power DOES work! Catamaran completes round-the-world trip powered only by the sun (pity it took two years)

The first solar powered vessel to travel round the world, Turanor Planetsolar, has crossed the finish line of its trip around the world at the Hercule Harbour in Monaco.

Sat 5 May 12 from Daily Mail

Nano-Subs Grab and Move Oil Spills

A self-propelled "micro-submarine" can scoop up oil from contaminated waters.

Fri 4 May 12 from Discovery.com

Microsubmarines 'could clean oil'

Tiny submarines that are 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair could be used to clean up oil spills, US researchers say.

Thu 3 May 12 from BBC Technology

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