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MS Tûranor PlanetSolar Solar-Powered Boat Arrives in Boston; Docked at Fan Pier June 22-26 Before Departing to Complete Climate Change Research

Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 22, 2013

The world’s largest solar-powered boat, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, successfully docked at Boston’s Fan Pier today and will remain anchored in Boston through Wednesday, June 26. Currently conducting scientific climate change research along the Gulf Stream for the University of Geneva’s DeepWater Expedition, the PlanetSolar boat was welcomed to Fan Pier by swissnex Boston and the city of Boston’s chief of energy and environment, Mr. Brian Swett.

The first boat to travel around the world exclusively powered by solar energy, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar features more than 5,500 square feet of solar panels and produces zero gasoline or CO2 emissions. The PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition is allowing researchers from the University of Geneva to take advantage of the exclusive features of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar. The researchers are taking physical and biological measurements along the Gulf Stream which will improve our understanding of the interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere. Boston is PlanetSolar’s final American destination after making prior stops in Miami and New York. swissnex Boston and the University of Geneva encourage families and the general public to visit Fan Pier to catch a rare up-close view of the revolutionary solar-powered boat.

swissnex Boston and the University of Geneva are hosting a series of educational, business and media events about solar technology and climate change, featuring partners from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Boston Children’s Museum, Greentown Labs, Museum of Science Boston and the MIT Energy Club.

Events that are open to families and the general public include:

  • “Solar Boat Building” children’s workshops at Boston Children’s Museum on Sunday, June 23 from 11 AM-2PM;
  • DeepWater expedition presentation at the Museum of Science Boston on Sunday, June 23 at 11:30;
  • “From the Alps to the Atlantic: Water in a changing climate,” scientific conference with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Tuesday, June 25.

For additional details about these and other swissnex-sponsored PlanetSolar events, please visit swissnex Boston's website with "/planetsolar" entered in after the website domain.

For members of the media, a below-deck press conference featuring PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition Project Leader Professor Martin Beniston, the PlanetSolar scientific team, and representatives from the University of Geneva and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will be held on Monday, June 24 at 10:30 AM.

Media interested in attending the press conference or arranging interviews with the PlanetSolar crew and DeepWater Expedition scientists should contact Dawn Sullivan at 781-818-4194 or email swissnexboston(at)hbagency(dot)com.

For more information about swissnex Boston, please contact Lia Breunig at 617-876-3076 ex 113; lia(at)swissnexboston(dot)org.

About swissnex Boston
Established as the world’s first “science consulate,” swissnex Boston is the first of a global network of five knowledge outposts including San Francisco, Singapore, China and India. Since 2000, swissnex Boston has served as a partner to New England businesses, universities, incubators and venture capital firms, uncovering Swiss parallels and collaboration opportunities in the fields of science, education, art and innovation.

About the University of Geneva
Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin and Theodore de Beze, the University of Geneva is the second largest Haute école in Switzerland and is amongst the top 100 best universities in the world. The institution enjoys worldwide recognition and is highly opened to the world. Every year, the University welcomes around 16, 000 students in its eight faculties teaching science, medecine, humanities, social and economic sciences, law, theology, psychology and educational sciences, translation and interpreting. The University of Geneva has three missions: education, research and knowledge-sharing. The University has been a member of the League of European Research-intensive Universities since 2002.

About PlanetSolar
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, built in Kiel, Germany in 2010, is a catamaran powered exclusively by solar energy. PlanetSolar completed the first solar-powered trip around the world on May 4, 2012 after travelling over 60,000 km in 584 days. The 2013 PlanetSolar features an entirely new crew from its 2012 expedition: Gérard d'Aboville (Captain), Stéphane Marseille (Second), Antoine Simon (electrical engineer), and Hugo Buratti (seaman and steward). During the “PlanetSolar DeepWater” expedition, the UNIGE scientific team will round out the crew. PlanetSolar SA is supported by the University of Geneva, Ciel électricité, Switcher, the Swiss AOC-IGP Association, Younicos, Plantbacter, Actides, GoPro, Jean-René Germanier SA, BCCC Avocats, Tempur, Hempel, Présence Suisse, Energissima, l'UIM, YELLO, and Waste Free Oceans.

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