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Year Long Solar Powered Trip Ends Soon

Posted on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 8:14 pm by Solar Energy USA


The world’s first 100% solar powered boat voyage is almost finished. With it’s 1 year trek around the globe, the team from PlanetSolar set out to spread the word about worldwide solar power viability.

“We want to show to the world what can be done, that modern solar technology has huge economic potential,” Raphael Domjan said recently in a telephone interview. “The idea is to provide an impulse to the industry to consider alternatives, to think about innovative ways to reduce their energy needs.” Mr. Domjan began designing the solar voyage in 2004 to prove that solar technology is useful for practically anything.


The $15 million dollar solar powered water vessel is 102 feet long and covered with more than 5,300 square feet of solar panels.

The culmination of this voyage comes at an interesting time as the “price of bunker fuel has tripled in the past three years,” according to Luis Benito, a marine industry expert and South Korea country manager for Lloyd’s Register, which provides companies in the energy and transport sectors with advice on safety and performance. For large container ships, fuel can make up more than 50 percent of operating costs, so the maritime industry has been looking very actively at ways to reduce consumption, especially since the global financial crisis.”

Mr. Domjan notes that the cost of solar technology is “improving very rapidly, and is getting much cheaper.” He is very happy to be the first to show that the technology really works.

Following his arrival in Monaco at the end of his voyage, Mr. Domjan has other exciting plans to help promote solar and help spread the word on this unlimited and renewable energy source.

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