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Planet Solar – The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat

February 26, 2010

On Thursday, the covers were taken off PlanetSolar, a multi-hulled vessel, powered entirely by photovoltaic solar panels. It is considered to be the world’s largest solar boat.

The 31-meter-long and 15-meter-wide craft is expected to be able capture 103.4 kW of solar energy to drive its engine which apparently only needs 20kW, to achieve an average speed of eight knots (15kph or 9mph).

You may be asking what happens at night? The boat has high capacity battery storage to supply electricity when the sun is not shining.

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