PanetSolar is a multlihull vessel topped by a large array of photovoltaic solar panels, constructed by Knierim Yacht Club, in Kiel, Germany.
This 30 meter long and 16 meter wide revolutionary catamaran, topped with more than 500 square meters of photovoltaic solar panels.
Despite the impressive proportions, the vessel is both silent and clean. The goal is to navigate around the world at an average speed of 8 knots — no mean feat for a solar-powered craft.
The multihull will be home to two sailors during the round-the-world attempt, and can accommodate up to fifty people during the promotional trips planned at each port of call. The ideal shape and size of the boat for the chosen route will be determined by in-depth research.
The PlanetSolar engineers have to factor in a host of parameters — propulsion, solar panel design, energy storage, materials, and the external environment. A whole range of studies will need to be conducted in areas such as the boat's hydro and aerodynamics, the materials used, the management and storage of energy and, finally, the power plant and the optimal routing.