Architect Margot Krasojevic has beautifully designed the Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran – a futuristic yacht that is powered by solar panels on her sails. The design for a solar powered, perpetual motion, hydrofoil Trimaran yacht has been commissioned by Holden Manz wine estate, Cape Town, South Africa.
Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran – A futuristic solar-powered yacht designed by architect Margot Krasojevic
The Fresnel Trimaran has a folding wingsail for a better lift to drag ratio, the sail’s frame is a built up mechanical structure similar to an airplane wing constructed from carbon fibre with a retractable Kevlar sail covered in aero-nautical film. The sail rotates around the mast and has a series of motorised creases which catch the wind, the wingsail is actuated by motors that control these movements using solar cells and wind energy.
The combination of the Fresnel lens and holographic film clad outrigger concentrates solar power for more of an efficient output. The form of the main hull acts as one unit with the wingsail, which wraps into the main body of the hull creating a continuous surface resulting in the motorised mast changing the shape of the sail allowing it to harness more wind. The outriggers detach to transform the yacht from racing multihull Trimaran to a cruise boat for leisure. The multi-hulls use recycled carbon fibre materials to reduce the environmental damage caused during processing new carbon fibre sheets.
Fresnel Trimaran yacht from above
The multi-hull wingsail design does not carry a heavy ballast which slows down vessels, all the materials used are strong yet lightweight.
A triangulated woven polyester mesh trampoline with a vinyl coating runs the length of the Trimaran, it is connected to the wingsail which wraps itself into the main composite carbon fibre hull, the trampoline frame acts as a water piercer with a heavy ensuring a smoother ride. Wind flows over wingsail and uplift drives the Trimaran forward.
A solar-powered yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic
The Wingsail generates wind energy, internal gearing systems convert wind energy to electricity which can be used to part run the motors or contribute to the integrated desalination unit along with the solar cell/ fresnel clad outriggers which run the desalination unit providing up to 4 litres of drinking water per hour.
Flexible solar panels located on the top and bottom of the wingsail surfaces generate electricity using wind and solar energy.
A futuristic solar-powered trimaran yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic
During bright windless days, wingsails face the sun and only solar energy is generated.
On windy days, wingsails rotate to generate largest combined energy from wind and sun. At night, wingsails generate just wind energy.
The outrigger hulls can detach themselves from the main hull, they are constructed from a double section vacuum bonded PVC surface lined with Fresnel lenses and holographic film to focus the light intensity towards the sandwiched solar cells. The Fresnel trimaran also has a set of fold-out hydrofoils. When it’s in monohull mode, these hydrofoils can be deployed, pushing the main hull up above the water, reducing water resistance by up to 80 percent, allowing for a fast, smooth ride that uses less fuel.
Fresnel Trimaran yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic
The main cabin is lined with holographic film which defracts incident light, it also acts as a prismatic concentrator which channels light towards the photovoltaic material.
The second stage to the project involves a series of elliptical tracks running across the yacht’s boards attempting to harness the main hull pendulum motion to run the perpetual retrieving magnetic turbine motor.
Knierim boasts an outstanding reputation among international yacht owners. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Knierim stands for everything that is top of the range in the boat builder’s craft. In its second generation, the yard has focused on building individual high-tech yachts, comprising the unique German America’s Cup racer Germany I (2006) as well as the 31-metre catamaran TÛRANOR Planet Solar (2010), driven by solar energy alone.
The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim
The success story began in 1965 on the real estate occupied by a former lifeboat shed on the Eastern bank of the Kieler fjord. Günter Knierim’s yacht and boatyard serviced and repaired solid timber fishing cutters.
However, it wasn’t very long before they concentrated on sporting boats. Plywood hulls were developed and even entire yachts laid down at Kiel. In the 70s, the quarter-tonne “Vagabund”, with a chine hull, was the prototype for three successors. The first quarter-tonners, made from moulded plywood, the “Attacke” and the “Kninispri”, followed and took the Mini Tonner world championship in the South of France in 1983.
In 1999, Gunnar Knierim, who won the Admirals’ Cup in 1993 on Willi Illbruck’s Pinta and had learned about refined composite technologies at the Admiral’s Cup in New Zealand, took over as managing director. Two years later, he relocated the company to a colossal area on the Kiel Canal. To date, this courageous step has produced some 30 new builds, ranging from comfortable cruise ships for sailing round the world to high-tech racing yachts. The number of employees rose to around 45.
First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht
Jointly managed by Knierim and the businessman Steffen Müller, the shipyard then became a member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN Working Group. With its 26-metre Maxi UCA, the fastest ship across the Atlantic in the 2003 DCNAC race, it scaled new heights. Germany 1, the first German America’s Cup campaign contender in 2006, was a high-tech prestigious build, just like TÛRANOR Planet Solar, a solar-powered catamaran, significantly designed by KNIERIM in 2010. With a length of 31 metres and a beam of 15 metres, it is to date the largest waterborne craft powered purely by solar energy, and is CO2-neutral into the bargain.
After producing the Knierim Runabout 36 yacht tender in 2013, the yard, last year, launched the 18.30 metre long Knierim 60 a truly speedy giant sailing yacht. An extraordinary 53-foot boat, which will be publicly unveiled shortly, is currently under construction. The keel for a 57-foot long high-tech racing yacht has also been laid. Since 2005, the prototype hulls and decks together with rudders, keels, bulkheads and other structural components have been milled independently in the yard’s own subsidiary, KNIERIM Tooling, on state-of-the-art 5-axis machines.
Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender
Two of these are more than 30 metres long, 8.50 metres wide and four metres high. They also provide extraordinarily precise shaping for wind power system rotor blades, in aerospace and shipbuilding, as well as large industrial parts and deck equipment for mega yachts. They have also been producing direct female tooling for a long time.
Spread over more than 20,000 square metres, the company provides winter storage, refit services, repairs, conversions and paintwork. KNIERIM Yachts n’ Technics was founded to cover the entire range of yachting equipment. “We don’t want to do anything other than build good boats”, is the company’s watchword. The self-made claim as an incisive philosophy for the next 50 years.
Arcadia Yachts, the innovative and unique ‘eco-friendly’ Italian builder, is thrilled to announce the successful US premiere of motor yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8). Superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition will be displayed at Art Basel Miami 2014, running at Miami Beach Marina from December 4 to 7.
Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) by Arcadia Yachts
The layout and the functional living concepts of superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition are the result of a construction evolution: the linear design of the superstructure and the vertical line of the bow allow a better use of every single available internal/external space. Living capacity is wider than other yachts of the same size. The uniqueness of Arcadia’s project is finding in the design solution to integrate solar panels into a yacht with navigation performance.
Yard’s passion for solar technology and clean mobility is finally expressed in this 26mt length and 7.15 width yacht equipped with 40sqm of photovoltaic panels each composed of hundreds of high performance solar cells. That’s how and where any Arcadia yacht get all the energy for the equipment on board: showers, toilet, fridge and lights.
Motor yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) by Arcadia Yachts at launch
The design of Arcadia 85 yacht reflects simple and understated styling with an harmonious blend between the indoor and outdoor areas. Her deckhouse has been made almost entirely out of double layered reflecting glass, giving the interior a bright and airy feel. The sliding over-head and lateral blinds can provide privacy and shade, as required by the owner and his guests once in port or in bay. Arcadia 85 impressive aft-deck lounge (8,50mt in length) features a well protected cockpit, perfect for dining, as well as large sunbathing area towards the stern of the yacht.
Super yacht Arcadia 85 is a semi-planing yacht. Its particular hull (NPL) is named after the National Physical Laboratory of England where tests were conducted to determine the best shape hull and the best ratio length-beam in terms of hydrodynamic efficiency.
Studies and tests were implemented by Arcadia’s technical department as well as hull shape – prior to adopt the NPL as Arcadia’s Hulls with the result of excellent sea keeping qualities and noise reduction for an exceptional comfort while cruising or at anchor.
Arcadia 85 superyacht hull is built in gel coat and reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. This particular structure makes an Arcadia yacht considerably light and durable for its size. The advanced semi-planing hull which allows efficient performances together with the very light superstructure in aluminum significantly reduces weight and fuel consumption and related running costs of its low-power engines.
Luxury superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8)
The 25.90 metre (84.95ft) luxury yacht Arcadia 85 has a full load displacement of 67 tons. She is powered by twin MAN diesels R6-730hp each, giving her the maximum speed of 18.5 knots and she can comfortably cruise at the speed of 16.5 knots, as well as 12.0 knots.
Her range is approximately 850NM @12.0 knots.
Aboard superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8)
Arcadia 85 US version “bullet points”
Compared to the MED version, here are some changes on the US version of ARCADIA 85 Yacht:
• Generators enhanced to support more powerful air conditioning
• Powered Air conditioning system
• Insulation increased to improve the onboard comfort according to warmer and more humide climate
• The electrical system conforms to US standards
Design / Layout Aspects
• Interiors and exteriors solutions adapted to the needs of the US market
• Open-spaced galley (Schiffini design) to the dining area of main salon as special request from the US market
• Vip cabin with dressing area
• Washing machine/dryer cabinet located in the guest cabins corridor
Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Main Saloon - Dining Table
Arcadia 85 yacht is designed to be a family yacht, which combines different exterior functions in one single deck, giving guests more possibility to spend time together. While interiors profit by the advanced aesthetic sensation of “open space” and closer contact with nature thanks to the the full “floor-to-ceiling” windows.
Yacht has four guest cabins at the lower deck, including the spectacular owner’s cabin amidship. The room is unusually large with a stunningly beautiful en suite head. The large VIP cabin forward is fitted with double bed and dressing. And there are also two more twin cabins. The bow of the yacht offers space for 4 of crew, which can be accessed through the wheel-house. Yacht assured a remarkable space has been assigned to the crew and technical areas, including the tender garage where a 4+ meter tender and 2 seater Jet Ski can easily be stored.
Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Wheelhouse
Arcadia 85 yacht main saloon is more intimate and provides space for up to 8 guests. However, the aft deck being well protected against the elements, gives a larger possibility to guest to spend most of the time there, instead of inside. The interior of the yacht features modern furniture by well-known best of “made in Italy” design brands, such as Poltrone Frau, Cassina and Schiffini. Almost all the interiors are composed of loose pieces of furniture, thus giving the option of modular layouts. In the US version, Arcadia 85 has an open-spaced galley to the dining area. Acces to the wheelhouse is on the left side.
Luxury yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Main Saloon
With Arcadia 85 US edition yacht, arrives in US as well, a new way to experience the sea, with innovation and ethical values. Because sailing is a privilege that should be experienced without ostentations, rushing or any kind of waste. To enjoy the sea whilst respecting Nature and the economic value of every single action. A real commitment made of style and substance. A project that has become a new point of reference for the market sector in just a few years. This is the yard’s “ecological dream”, which takes place in three different key steps: starting from the ECOTHINK philosophy to ECOTECH innovations, up to a new onboard experience, ECOLIVING.
Miami-based design studio, Eramotive, is delighted to introduce a trio of new Solar Hybrid Multi-Hull Superyachts: the Iris Series. These three striking luxury yachts are offered in lengths of 45 meters over three decks, 75 meters over five decks, and 125 meters over seven decks.
The Iris Series by Eramotive
The elliptical shape was chosen for its timeless appeal, as well as its allowance for much more voluminous interior spaces. This opens a vast range of customizable interior possibilities for each individual owner. From a private leisure yacht to a vessel for scientific expeditions, a floating convention center, an entertainment venue or even as a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel.
125m Iris Series mega yacht by Eramotive
The exterior surface areas were kept in mind to allow maximum coverage using Photo-voltaic panels, while maintaining wide angle views from within. The Photo-voltaic panels wrapping the exterior are also revealed as retractable roof enclosures on the top three decks, that make it possible to maintain zero carbon cruising at a speed of 10 knots.
125m Iris Series superyacht - Heli closed
125m Iris Series Yacht - Heli open
The helipad on the 125m mega yacht has a retractable enclosure as well, allowing the space to be easily converted into a recreational area for all types of climates. The Iris Series is offered in full or semi Photo-voltaic coverage.
125m Iris Series Yacht - Front Deck
A hydroponic garden an even be added for true self-sufficiency at sea. An open layout two-tiered Salon, VIP suites with saunas, multiple pools, an art gallery, cinema, grand library, tender garage with bamboo drop doors and area for showcasing up to nine collector cars are also among the many possibilities available.
125m Iris Series superyacht - Solar Panels
The 45 meter superyacht features an array of sliding glass panels on both sides of the structure which open the interior and fully expose an outside deck. The decks seamlessly retract at 1,8m meter length thus harmoniously merging the inside and outside spaces into one.
75m Iris Series Yacht - side view
75m Iris Series Yacht from above
The Iris Series is designed to change your perception of what a yacht can be, whether you are looking at it from the outside or from within.
Below are two videos from Eramotive presenting the new Iris Solar Hybrid Multi-Hull Superyacht Series:
Following the news about the progress and end of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s 2014 campaign, the PlanetSolar team is delighted to release the latest news about the boat’s last activities for the year 2014.
PlanetSolar in the popular Venezia yacht charter location, nestled in Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar
The first week of navigation towards the City of Doges from Kiladah (Greece) is easy, with favourable weather on the Ionian Sea. On the way, a series of landscapes parade by the crew on both port and starboard, each more beautiful than the last. After a few days, there is Ksamil, the nearest shore of Albania, in the distance. For her last night in Greece, the ship dropped anchor against a turquoise backdrop, in the tourist island of Corfu, and was rocked to sleep one last time by the waters of the beautiful Hellenic Republic.
The next day, in a bittersweet departure, the catamaran and its crew set sail towards the Adriatic Sea, following the coasts of Montenegro. Along the way, the ship made brief stops here and there, discovering previously unexplored areas. There was smooth sailing until Croatia, or more specifically, Dubrovnik. The solar-powered boat could not resist the appeal of sailing (too) close to the coast, which drew the attention of Croatian coast guards (you try being discreet aboard the Tûranor!). A few administrative procedures later, and the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar was allowed to remain in Croatia’s territorial waters. That will teach the catamaran to stick her prow in everything!
PlanetSolar cruising the waters of Venezia in Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar
After this detour, the boat headed North and island-hops across Croatia’s coast: Korcula Island, Hvar Island, the Zadar archipelago, Losinj Island… Croatia is stunning. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar zoomed along until it reached the North-west corner of the Croatia, near the town of Umag, and turned west to reach Italy.
The radiant sun gave way to sheets of rain, and the sky took on unbelievable purple tones. The catamaran felt her energy supply growing weaker, and knew it would soon be time to take a break from the oceans during the cold season.
Welcome to the Republic of Venice
Despite the rain, the catamaran reached Venice on time, on September 4th. Under a grey sky, the ship glided across the Italian city’s canals, a trip that was captured by the Souris Verte drone, a multimedia partner. This flying contraption unfortunately met a dramatic end a bit later in one of the city’s canals.
Venice is not only one of the 2014 campaign’s stops, but it will also become the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s home for a while. What better place to spend a winter than Venice, where boats are the main means of transport? This iconic winter stay was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Vento di Venezia company, which has been responsible for the re-qualification of the island of Certosa. Thanks to this organisation, the MS Tûranor will be moored in the island’s marina until May 2015.
PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar
Upon arriving, the ship paraded across the Venice canals, and onlookers soon rushed the docks to see this rare sight. The ship then zig-zagged around gondolas, barges, and small motor boats (vaporettos), an exercise which required a certain amount of dexterity. Imagine yourself trying to drive on a motorway at rush-hour with a 100-ton truck, and add the fact that these vehicles can pass you on both the left and the right! After this eventful little trip, the boat moored at the island of Certosa and prepared for the events that will take place aboard in the coming days.
Because of a stroke of calendar luck, the largest solar-powered boat in the world’s arrival in Venice coincided perfectly with the 71st Venice Mostra (a world-renowned international film festival). No red carpet for the PlanetSolar, which instead had a green one! In fact, the Green Drop Awards took place during the Mostra, a ceremony organised by the international Green Cross organisation, which celebrates films that feature values of ecology and sustainable development. The prize was awarded to Andrej Končalovskij for his film “The Postman’s White Nights”, inside the solar-powered catamaran’s crowded centre. The next day, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is involved in a very different kind of business, as guest of honour at the Regata Storica, an annual event that showcases the art of rowboats. Seeing these splendid, historical and typically Venetian vessels in the shadow of the solar-powered mammoth was quite an experience. Some of them are true works of art!
A few weeks later, the boat once again became an ambassador for renewable energy, and made a memorable entrance in the armoury of the City of Doges.
Currently, the boat is docked at the island of Certosa. She will stay there until May 2015, the start of summer and of her 2015 expeditions. This winter will be enlivened by visits and private events organised in collaboration with Vento di Venezia. After more than 9,000 kilometres at sea, the boat and her crew deserve some rest, but only to be all the more fit for 2015.
To conclude this Venetian episode, here is the last video of 2014, which shows the events that took place in Venice, and is sure to be a feast for the eyes!
The Crew Disembarks
After six months of intense solar-powered navigation, it is now time for the Breton crew members to recharge their batteries. Throughout the course of this 2014 campaign, the sailors were not only able to meet the goals of solar navigation, but also to actively participate in the promotion of the ship and her activities. More than 4,000 people crowded the ship’s hull during these past few months! The crew never stopped making sure that these visits took place safely, as well as answered curious visitors’ many questions. Gérard d’Aboville and his crew also watched over the arrival of several celebrities, authorities, and media presences aboard, and served the scientists well during the scientific research carried out in Greece. We would like to thank the crew once again, and to wish them a good trip home.
Rest assured, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has not been completely abandoned… in fact, the crew leaving for the winter coincides with the arrival of a new member of the PlanetSolar team: Giulia Seno. This Italian skipper will make sure everything goes well aboard from a technical point of view (checking the moorings, the alarms etc.) and greet guests during organised tours throughout the winter. Welcome to the team!
Rent the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar in Venice
During her holiday in Venice until May, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is open to the public, and will also become an events platform for companies, institutions, and even private guests. Having often been a victim of her own success during short stops throughout these campaigns, this winter in the City of Doges is an opportunity to take advantage of MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s impressive dimensions and to discover the interior of this unique ship. Want to float along the Venetian lagoon on a cruise, enjoy a cocktail with a view of 512m2 of solar panels, or come aboard for Venice’s carnival? It is all possible.
A New Owner for the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar winter in Venice also marked a new chapter in the solar-powered boat’s history. The Stroeher family, the catamaran’s current owner, which has been passionate about solar energy and which worked in the background from the beginning of the project, is now retiring and passing on this multifunctional tool.
“The goal was on the one hand to conceptualize an idea that could prove the effectiveness of solar technology, and would help promote and develop that sector. On the other hand, we also wanted to demonstrate that beyond her technical prowess, the ship could be used for concrete, useful goals,”explains Immo Stroeher, the family’s patriarch. The businessman’s financial investment, as well as his significant personal engagement, has allowed PlanetSolar to go much further than a single trip around the world, in creating a durable enterprise that now allows the ship to be used for concrete goals.
“The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, winner of 6 Guinness World RecordsTM, not only completed the first solar-powered voyage around the world, but has also successfully carried out two unique scientific missions in 2013 and 2014, both of which were punctuated with prestigious stops during which countless visitors were able to visit the interior workings of the ship! Today, we are very proud to note that after the success of her voyage around the world, PlanetSolar has undergone a perfect transformation, carrying out not only scientific missions, but also serving as a powerful tool of communication thanks to the enthusiasm she generates at each stop. Our expectations have been exceeded, and it is time for us to retire, and pass this unique ship on to a new owner,”Immo Stroeher concluded.
This year’s Monaco Yacht Show saw the Dutch yacht builder, Zeelander present its motor yacht Z164 concept to the visitors and yachting professionals alike. With the running costs of a 30 meter yacht, Zeelander designed and engineered a 50 meter Luxury Explorer, the Z164 superyacht. This innovative yacht is completely designed to provide low cost of ownership, reduced fuel and energy consumption and to excel in the Green Plus RINA Classification.
Rendering of the Z164 yacht by Zeelander
During a press conference Zeelander owner and Chairman Sietse Koopmans told the attending press, including CharterWorld, the inspiration and motives behind this exciting project. It all started in 2009, when he embarked on his own circumnavigation of the world on board his explorer yacht Zeepaard. This incredible and uplifting journey lasted over 3 years and covered 50,000 miles, visiting 39 countries.
Rendering - Zeelander motor yacht Z164
Being Dutch and with an engineering background from the oil industry, Sietse and the Zeelander team designed the yacht to the point of perfection. Taking every aspect of the yacht into consideration, HVAC systems, generators, engines, grey water, cleaning processes for the yacht and down to the smallest light bulb. No stone has been left unturned. Every facet of the Z164 yacht has been engineered to reduce the environment impact and reduce overall running costs.
Zeelander’s historic involvement in noise and vibration control plays an important part in the development of the Z164. The world tour, for which Sietse received the Voyager’s Award at the prestigious 2014 World Superyacht Design Awards, gave him countless experiences and invaluable knowledge which were key in the design of the Z164.
Rendering of explorer yacht Z164 by Zeelander
Presenting the Luxury Explorer yacht Z164 to the industry in Monaco at the beginning of May, Global Marketing Director Ylja Venema says; ‘The introduction was a huge success and opened many doors for us. The story around the Z164 is truly amazing and will completely change the world of long distance yacht travel. All the industry professionals we visited were very enthusiastic about the Z164 and praised Zeelander for it’s innovation in this project. For an ambitious and revolutionary company like Zeelander, this is a positive boost!’
With HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene expecting, the Yacht Club de Monaco being launched and the official opening of the premiere solar powered boat race proving to be a great success, it has been an important and exciting year for Monte Carlo.
Solar1 2014 Race - Photo Franck Terlin
Solar1 founded by parent company Nakhimov, was created to showcase the innovations and technology in solar power. Solar1 unveiled an incredible first year event at the new Yacht Club de Monaco in July 2014; with 3 days of racing, participation from over 24 teams from all over the world, hugely successful supporting events; from a Kids Solar Race to an extremely popular Solar Conference, with speakers from powerful industries. This was a spectacular event.
Solar1 truly exceeded all expectations, and are delighted to officially announce the return of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup to the principality in 2015.
“Thanks to your ingenuity, your technical skills and scientific knowledge, you have shown that solar-powered propulsion is a very promising solution for the future – which I hope will be developed and applied in the leisure boat industry on larger vessels. It gives me great pride to see our Principality reviving a golden age, remembering that in 1904 the first power-boat races held here made a significant contribution to the development of the combustion engine. Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor-boat sector.” HSH Prince Albert II
From the 9th to 11th July 2015, Monaco will once again see teams from around the world descend to race in Port Hercules and Larvotto bay, in an even more thrilling and explosive event, for the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup World Championship title.
2014 saw the inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup, where experts and enthusiasts from around the world joined together to create an unforgettable experience, promoting an incredible synergy between nature, innovation and motion. Next years edition will be even bigger and better; with more global teams, higher speeds, more technological advances, more competition, tougher races, bigger supporting events and an all round electric experience. This is defiantly an event not to be missed.
The official invitation to participate in the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2015 has been released, and several teams have already signed up to participate and defend their titles. Deadline for team participation is 1st November 2014.
“We are delighted to be invited back to host the 2nd edition of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup, in partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco. The support and feedback we received from our first event was incredible, and especially from top industry leaders and enthusiasts; this really validates all the hard work that went into the event. Solar1 are fearless and we strive for greatness, we insist on pushing boundaries and educating through global events.” Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1
Solar1 have already begun to put 2015’s plans in motion and welcome your attendance to an event like no other. Solar1 participants, partners and sponsors will be invited to series of supporting events, including but not limited to: Opening and Gala Dinner, Conference and Kids Race. Visitors and guests can also choose to benefit from Solar1’s exclusive hospitality and VIP package.
Today, September 4, 2014, in the popular Italy yacht charter destination – Venice, saw PlanerSolar end her 2014 campaign, launched in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France on April 13. This 9,000 kilometer trip, spread out over 5 months of navigation, featured stops in Atalayoun in Morocco, Monaco, as well as Greece, where the ship transformed into a scientific platform as part of the “TerraSubmersa” archeological expedition, led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE). Once again, the largest solar-powered ship ever built showed she could be used for concrete goals, and thus reaffirmed her position as a multi-functional tool and formidable communication platform. Now at her peak, the ship seeks a new owner.
PlanetSolar’s 2014 campaign ends today, on a high note. Through the course of these past 5 months, the largest solar-powered ship in the world has reaffirmed her position as a multi-functional tool, and has definitively confirmed her incredibly important use as a scientific platform, launched in 2013.
During 8 stops spread out along a 9,000 kilometer route, the solar-powered boat met with the public and carried out her mission of promoting solar energy. The high point of this 2014 campaign was the “TerraSubmersa” scientific expedition, which took place in Greece during the month of August. Carried out by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), this mission aimed to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been swallowed up by the waters of the Kiladha Bay, in order to reconstruct them and identify potential traces of human activity.
Thanks to a partnership with Vento di Venezia (VdV), the organization responsible for promoting the Island of Certosa (Venice), PlanetSolar will spend the winter in the Serene Republic. During this period, which will last until May 2015, VdV and PlanetSolar will jointly organize public visits and private events. To celebrate the end of her campaign, a series of activities will be organized around the boat from September 4 to September 9.
PlanetSolar seeks a new owner
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar adventures have been due to the Stroeher family (boat owner), a German family that is passionate about solar technologies, and has been operating behind the scenes since the start of the project.
“The goal was on the one hand to conceptualize an idea that could prove the effectiveness of solar technology, and would help promote and develop that sector. On the other hand, we also wanted to demonstrate that beyond her technical prowess, the ship could be used for concrete, useful goals,” explains Immo Stroeher, the family’s patriarch. The businessman’s financial investment, as well as his significant personal engagement, has allowed PlanetSolar to go much further than a single trip around the world, in creating a durable enterprise that now allows the ship to be used for concrete goals.
“The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, winner of 6 Guinness World RecordsTM, not only completed the first solar-powered voyage around the world, but has also successfully carried out two unique scientific missions in 2013 and 2014, both of which were punctuated with prestigious stops during which countless visitors were able to visit the interior workings of the ship! Today, we are very proud to note that after the success of her voyage around the world, PlanetSolar has undergone a perfect transformation, carrying out not only scientific missions, but also serving as a powerful tool of communication thanks to the enthusiasm she generates at each stop. Our expectations have been exceeded, and it is time for us to retire, and pass this unique ship on to a new owner,” Immo Stroeher concluded.
Terrasubmersa, the archaeological mission led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, was concluded on last Friday, following almost a month in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Greece, of which 11 days were dedicated exclusively to science. The expedition’s objective was to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submersed by the waters in the Argolic Gulf, and identify traces of human activity. Aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar and a Greek research vessel, the Alkyon, the scientists took geophysical measurements and carried sub-aquatic excavations in the Bay of Kiladha. The research was preceded by three stopovers, all of which were marked with successfully organized events and visits of the boat. August 23, saw the largest solar-powered boat in the world leave for Venice in Italy, representing her next and last stopover of this year.
PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar
Since July 28, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has travelled through Greece as part of the UNIGE-led TerraSubmersa expedition. This mission was divided into two distinct phases. The first was to introduce the archaeologists’ work among the public and local authorities through a series of events organized along the three stops (Eretria, Athens, Napflio), while the second phase was exclusively dedicated to archaeological research in the Argolic Gulf.
“The catamaran’s spacious liveable surface and her complete energy independence, as well as her low draught and great maneuverability made it an optimal work platform for the researchers. Once again, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has shown that she is an ideal base for scientific research, and reaffirms her many versatile uses!” declared the ship’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville.
PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar
PlanetSolar is extremely satisfied with this mission. At each stopover, the ship was met with enthusiasm by the public, and drew the attention of Greek authorities. Thus, more than 2,000 people stepped through the catamaran’s walkway. Moreover, PlanetSolar had the opportunity to welcome local political figures aboard, including Konstantinos Tassoulas, the Greek minister of culture, Giannis Maniatis, the Greek minister of the environment, energy, and climate change, as well as the wife of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. On the Swiss side, PlanetSolar also notably welcomed Walter Steinmann, director of the Federal Energy Office (OFEN).
Currently, the ship and her crew are sailing towards Venice. They are expected to drop anchor in the City of Doges on September 4.
PlanetSolar underway - Image credit to PlanetSolar
Preliminary results of the TerraSubmersa Expedition
This Greek-Swiss expedition, led by UNIGE in collaboration with the Laténium of Neuchâtel, the Greek Service for Underwater Antiquities, the Swiss School of Archeology in Greece, and the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, aimed to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to map them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.
At the end of the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, the sea level was considerably lower than it is today. By mapping the landscapes that have disappeared underwater, archaeologists hope to understand the dynamics through which coastal zones were populated. In the TerraSubmersa expedition, research focused on the Franchti cave, located on the northern shore of the Bay of Kiladha, which was used for close to 35,000 years, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic ages.
PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar
“We collected fantastic data, whose analysis will take two years of work,” enthuses Julien Beck, the expedition’s lead scientist. “The preliminary results are encouraging!”. In fact, by mapping the seabeds, the researchers found paleobeaches dating back to different periods in prehistory. All signs lead to believe that these beaches were visited by the users of the Franchti cave, in which scientists recovered shells and the fish bones. Furthermore, faults indicating tectonic shifts in the Argolic Gulf have been detected with the echo-sonar installed aboard the solar-powered ship. These faults could explain the difference in depth of the paleobeaches.
Following an amazing passage through the Corinth Canal on July 28 and a stop in Eretria from July 31 to August 2, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Swiss archeological excavations in this region, the world largest solar-powered boat, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, docked yesterday afternoon in the port of Piraeus in Athens, a fantastic Greece yacht charter destination. This is the second stop on the itinerary of the TerraSubmersa scientific expedition, led in partnership with the University of Geneva (UNIGE).
PlanetSolar across the Korinthos Canal - Image credit to PlanetSolar
The purpose of this expedition is to explain the scientific objectives of this archeological mission, which will be launched on August 11 in the Argolic Gulf (Greece). The ship will reprise her role as a scientific platform, lending her exclusive features in service of the UNIGE researchers, whose goal is to explore the prehistoric landscapes submerged by the water, in order to reconstruct them and identify any potential traces of human activity.
MS Turanos PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar
The expedition will allow the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar to continue to prove her uses, both as a platform for communication and events, and especially as a scientific platform. “PlanetSolar’s second life is not just an occasion to expand upon prestigious visits to New York, London, Paris, or Athens, or event for spectacular voyages like the crossing of the Corinth Canal, but it also offers the crew the pleasure of accomplishing the most diverse kinds of missions. Among these, TerraSubmersa, which is the highlight of our 2014 season, is certainly the most fascinating. The highly precise navigation we will need, together with the excitement of discovery… all in the magnificent setting of the Argolic Gulf,” declared Gérard d’Aboville, the ship’s captain, with great enthusiasm.
PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar
This Greco-Swiss expedition, led by Julien Beck, a researcher in the classical archeology department of UNIGE, aims to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to reconstruct them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.“Prehistoric underwater archeology and the study of ancient submerged landscapes are new fields of study in Greece,” Julien Beck explains. This research will allow archeologists to reconstruct landscapes that have vanished underwater, and to understand the interactions between prehistoric man and the sea.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will mainly be used to take geophysical measurements, which will allow the researchers to model the topography of ancient coastal zones, and to identify any potential traces of human activity. The Alkyon, a boat from the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, will also be used for this work, which will be carried using state-of-the-art equipment (multi-beam sounder, lateral sweeping sonar, GPS, etc.). Subaquatic excavations will then be led by divers, thanks to a hydraulic aspirator which will remove a layer of protective silt from the site.