DuPont is an Official Supplier for PlanetSolar
The solar-powered catamaran began its 18-month world circumnavigation challenge from the port of Monaco on September 27, 2010, powered by over 530 square metres of solar modules.
Continue to follow PlanetSolar on its world circumnavigation, and learn about how DuPont products protect solar modules and help ensure reliable power generation during the voyage.
Key Photovoltaic Materials and Marine Coatings Help Demonstrate Transportation with Lower Environmental Impact can be Achieved
On 27 September, 2010, the largest solar boat ever built, PlanetSolar embarked from Monaco on the first ever world tour by a solar-powered boat to demonstrate that renewable energy and technology can be applied today to achieve carbon-neutral transportation.
DuPont is proud to be an official supplier of PlanetSolar. DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride (PVF)film, used as a component for the photovoltaic backsheets, will help protect the modules and ensure reliable power generation during the world tour and avoid any energy source failure. DuPont has also supplied high performance coatings for marine applications.
The stunning catamaran was on display at the Monaco Yacht Show, September 22-25, 2010. The PlanetSolar boat is 30-metres long and 15 metres wide covered by 470 square metres of photovoltaic modules that power a non-polluting motor.
|PlanetSolar Embarks on World Tour from Port Hercules, Monaco, September 27, 2010|
PlanetSolar reaches the American continent Miami Beach, Florida, 27 November, 2010
The World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat docks
in Mexico Cancún, Mexico, 7 December, 2010
The planned routing of the boat is as follows (subject to change owing to meteorological conditions):
- Miami (beginning of November 2010)
- Cancun (end of November 2010)
- San Francisco (to be confirmed, dependent on weather conditions)
- Sydney (March 2011)
- Singapore (beginning of April 2011)
- Abu Dhabi or Dubai (end of April 2011)
- Monaco (end of May 2011)
News Updates from DuPont
Largest-Ever Solar Boat Powered for First World Tour by DuPont Innovations
Additional Information on DuPont™ Tedlar® PVF filmAn Expert's View on Photovoltaic Backsheet Materials Performance
Tedlar® PVF films for PV backsheets [.pdf]