Magellanwas the first person who attempted to circumnavigate the Earth back inthe 1500s. Back then ships were powered by the wind by using largesails to catch prevailing winds to propel the vessel forward. Magellanand other sailors of their era depended on renewable energy to helpthem achieve their goals.
PlanetSolar,is an organization that is planning to circumnavigate the Earth in 2010using a ship powered entirely by the sun. The surface of the ship willbe composed with solar cells basically turning it into a giant sunlightcollecting power generator to propel the ship on it’s voyage. The solarpanels will power an electric engine that allow the ship to achievespeeds of up to 10 knots.
The plans are for two people to sailon a 120 day trip following the equator and stopping at various portsalong the way to promote solar energy, how cool is that? I think thisis a great project to help people realize the true power of solarpanels and how they can be applied in many ways to energize our lives.What do you think about PlanetSolar’s voyage?