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When it comes to solar energy, it is a kind of clean energy and has become an important part of our energy use. It is often seen in our lives. Such as solar water heaters, solar street lights and so on. However, have you seen a solar-powered boat? Today we will take you to take a look.
This is the world’s largest solar ship, Planet Solar. Planet Solar was built by the Nerim Yacht Club shipyard in Kiel, Germany. It is 31 meters in length, 15 meters in width and 7.5 meters in height. It can accommodate 50 people. The displacement is 60 tons.
When sailing, its fastest speed can reach 25 kilometers per hour. Solar panels covering an area of 500 square meters were laid on the ship. The cab is located at the front of the middle of the solar panels. The hull adopts a double-body design, and is made of a large amount of carbon fiber materials, and is also equipped with an advanced digital control system. The sense of technology is full.
The world's largest solar boat cost more than 130 million yuan and was completed in March 2010. It was launched for the first time in the port of Kiel. The solar power panels on its ship store energy for its batteries and provide power for two 60-kilowatt permanent magnet synchronous motors and two 10-kilowatt permanent magnet synchronous motors.
On September 27, 2010, Planet Solar started a round-the-world tour from Monaco. Because Planet Solar has the world's advanced design level, it can travel through rough seas. It is also because of the electric drive, the sailing process is very quiet and environmentally friendly. The hull’s battery is also enough to provide electricity for the crew at night. Moreover, only solar power is used as the power during the whole journey, and sail as close to the equator as possible to absorb sufficient sunlight.
Therefore, Planet Solar successfully completed its first round-the-world trip on May 4, 2012.