ate regulation, including atmospheric aerosols and phytoplankton. The objective is to understand the complex interactions between physics, biology, and climate, eventually enabling scientists to refine climate simulation, especially as it relates to energy exchanges between the ocean and the atmosphere. As the ship is powered by solar energy it does not emit any polluting substances that could distort the data collected.
For more information, go to http://www.planetsolar.org or http://www.facebook.com/PlanetSolar . You can also follow the PlanetSolar journey on Twitter @PlanetSolar.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, built in Kiel, Germany, is a catamaran powered exclusively by solar energy. On May 4, 2012, after sailing for 584 days and travelling over 60,000 km, PlanetSolar completed the first solar-powered trip around the world.
With her 2013 expeditions in sight, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar underwent major maintenance operations. Among the extensive maintenance tasks and optimizations carried out, noteworthy are the cabin refurbishment, the creation of a walkway on the solar bridge, and an increase to water tank capacity. The most significant optimizations were related to the propulsion system—the surface propellers were replaced by a completely immerged system, and the new rudder system ensures excellent maneuverability.
The ship’s improvements will broaden and diversify her applications and will enable her to navigate to the northernmost point of the Atlantic for the first time.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is welcoming aboard an entirely new crew: Gérard d’Aboville (Captain), Stéphane Marseille (Second), Antoine Simon (electrical engineer), and Hugo Bu
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