The Turanor Planet Solar demonstration vessel is now halfway around the world on a promotional and research journey to prove the case for a solar powered cargo ship. Built in Germany the vessel is capable of transporting upto 40 people and has a permanent crew of 6 onboard.
One thing seems to be missing though. With a top speed of 15 mph it is not much faster than a sail vessel. So the question begs to be asked. Why didn’t they include a collapsable lightweight sail? That would increase the efficiency of the vessel and also allow for greater speeds to be achieved. Surely it is possible to include a very light weight sail and pole combination. If they have enough funds to sail around the world then surely they can also afford to add a sail to the design.
The TÛRANOR PlanetSolar at Tahiti :
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