The world’s largest solar-powered boat recently made its first stop in the United States at Sunset Harbour Yacht Club in Miami.
The scientific expedition to study climate change set sail from La Ciotat, France on May 23 and will dock in 16 cities. In only 22 days, the vessel broke its existing Guinness World Record for completing the fastest trans-Atlantic crossing with a solar boat, solely operated without any fuel or carbon dioxide emissions.
The sun-powered, 102-foot catamaran was welcomed to Miami with a private press conference, a luncheon and a VIP tour with various state and local politicians.
The expedition starts the vessel’s second global tour and the launch of the 2013 “PlanetSolar Deep Water” expedition, during which scientists from the University of Geneva will collect data from air and water to study the key parameters of climate regulation, specifically atmospheric aerosols, phytoplankton and ocean eddies, whirlpools that carry large amounts of energy.
In addition, the vessel will conduct environmental cleanup missions by collecting floating plastic waste and host educational events in port cities to raise public awareness of climate issues.
The MS Turanor PlanetSolar’s team, along with Immo Stroher, owner of the vessel, will sail along the Gulf Stream’s ocean current, one of the most important regulators of European and North American climates, until August.