Is there a future in solar boats?

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One of the highlights of this year’s World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi was a tour of Planet Solar’s solar-powered yacht Turanor.

The largest solar powered boat ever to set sail, the Turanor is on the final leg of a round-the-world tour, the first time anyone has managed to sail around the world powered entirely by solar energy.

The boat can store as much as three days worth of sailing power in a huge rack of lithium-ion batteries — thus allowing it to sail in the dark of night without a hitch.

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