30 Jan '13, 4pm

Excellent report on one of our previous crew member !! #crew #planetsolar @IEEESpectrum

Excellent report on one of our previous crew member !! #crew #planetsolar @IEEESpectrum

TURNING SUNLIGHT INTO SPEED: In the Monaco harbor after the 19-month world tour, Christian Ochsenbein shows off the solar system that powered PlanetSolar around the globe. Inside the main cabin of MS Tûranor PlanetSolar , the first boat to travel around the world on sunlight alone, Christian Ochsenbein opens a trapdoor hidden beneath a seat cushion and crawls inside. He climbs down a dark tube and squats inside a long, narrow chamber—one of two pontoons keeping the catamaran afloat. “We are now inside the ‘engine’ room,” he jokes. This being a solar-powered boat, there is no real engine to see. He points out the propeller shaft, driven by AC motors, and at the opposite end, a vault that houses solar-charged batteries. He can’t show them off up close, he says, because they contain top-secret German submarine technology. Ochsenbein is clearly impressed with the energy system...

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