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PlanetSolar Seeks The Sun Again In New 2014 Campaigns (Video)

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

The world’s largest solar vessel, PlanetSolar, has been moored for the winter at Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly in Lorient, France. The PlanetSolar shore team, located at the operational centre in Lausanne, Switzerland, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, is busy preparing for the 2014 expeditions. According to a PlanetSolar news release, the new campaigns will be especially focused on the use of the vessel for scientific purposes.

Planetsolar Prepares for a New Campaign and Diversifies its Activity!

planetsolar 2 2014Wintering in Lorient | 17, March 2014 | © All rights reserved PlanetSolar

At this stage, three exciting and challenging expeditions are being mapped out:

  • Mediterranean
  • West Africa
  • South Atlantic

planetsolar 1 2014Wintering in Lorient | 17, March 2014 | © All rights reserved PlanetSolar

The official launch of this new campaign will take place from 14 to 28 April at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France where the boat will be the guest of honour at the 23rd Festival des Images de Mer (Festival of the Sea Images), organised by the National Sea Centre (NAUSICAA).

The catamaran will then continue its journey toward the Mediterranean Sea. It will return to the Principality of Monaco, where the success of the first solar powered tour of the world was witnessed in 2012. The solar powered vessel will offer its services to the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014 which will take place in mid-July.

On the heels of success of the 2013 campaign where the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar demonstrated that it could be operated for practical purposes by carrying out, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, a scientific expedition along the Gulf Stream.

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is scheduled to head toward Greece after the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup where the Swiss vessel will resume its role as a scientific platform for the purpose of studying submerged prehistoric landscapes. The catamaran will be involved in conducting undersea research led by archaeologists.

Solar 1 Ocean Races Monte Carlo Cup 2014

In July witness 20 International solar boat race teams take to the Monaco waters for the first time! Solar1 is organising a fully charged weekend of races and events, 10-12th July 2014, that you won’t want to miss!

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