When you're aiming to break records, there's no reason to just aim for one, when you knock a couple of them down in one try. That's what the owner of the TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar powered boat, is trying to do. He's already got the record for the world's largest solar powered boat, and now he is aiming to be the first person to sail around the globe without using any fossil fuels at all.
The TÛRANOR PlanetSolar is owned by one Immo Ströher, who is a German entrepreneur. He took off in the PlanetSolar just over a month ago, and intends to sail around the world without using any fossil fuels at all If he can succeed, that would make him the first person to accomplish it. If you find yourself in Miami or Cancun in the next mont, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the PlanetSolar, as it is scheduled to stop there during the next month.
As for the boat itself, it measures in at 5,700 square feet. Most of that is covered in solar panels. The energy collected from the solar panels is stored in a lithium ion battery. It took Immo Ströher $17.5 million to build the PlanetSolar.
[via USA Today]