World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Uses Over 5,000-Square-Feet of Solar Paneling

By Kevin Hall
|  Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Uses Over 5,000-Square-Feet of Solar Paneling

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While it's not the most exciting name, it certainly speaks to the boat's size. Christened the PlanetSolar, the 101 foot by 49 foot yacht is hailed by its designers as the largest solar-powered ship in the world. Either way, we're certainly not going to argue — it's one big damn boat.

The 66-ton PlanetSolar boasts a whopping 5,380 square feet of solar paneling, a 50-passenger capacity with a crew of two, and a cruising speed of 15 knots (or 17 miles per hour, comparable to the speed of an oil tanker).

Built at the Knierim Yacht Club in Kiel, Germany, the PlanetSolar will embark in April on a tour that'll have it circumnavigating the world, a voyage which is expected to last 140 days and will see the ship visiting cities such as New York, Hong Kong, Marseille and Singapore. Check out more of the solar yacht in the gallery below.

The Age, via TreeHugger via LikeCool

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