With its solar-powered 2022 world cup stadiums and numerous other developments, Qatar is striving hard to raise its portfolio as a leader in solar technology, so the MS Turanor Planet Solar’s presence at the Pearl pier in the country’s capital city Doha is no coincidence at all. But it is exciting.
The world’s largest zero emissions solar-powered vessel conceived by Swiss Engineer Raphael Domjan in 2004 and built in Germany boasts 537 square meters of photovoltaic cells that capture the sun’s energy to power its showers, lights, and refrigeration. It uses absolutely no fuel, and has been traveling the world since September last year, according to Gulf News.
The MS Turanor’s name means “The Power of the Sun” and was inspired by the Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, the paper reports, and features front and wear “wings” that expand and contract as needed to capture more or less of the sun’s rays. Sensors located on the rear wing can also track the sun, maximizing the amount of sunlight harvested. With a capacity of 40 people, this incredible boat arrived in Qatar just before Christmas, and will remain there for as long as 3 weeks.
If you happen to be in the region, pop on down and take a look at the future of maritime transportation, and then send us your pics!
:: Gulf News
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