MAY 15, 2018 06:20 PM PDT

This Boat Uses Solar Power to Navigate the Sea


The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, which was developed in 2010, is the world's largest solar-powered boat. It operates entirely on renewable solar energy rather than traditional power sources like gasoline or diesel engines.

Sporting more than 500 individual solar panels, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar generates around 120 kilowatts of energy. With it, the boat can move as fast as 5 knots. But while that may not seem like much, keep in mind that solar energy in its current capacity has its limitations.

Because of its environmental-friendliness, MS Tûranor PlanetSolar sails around to spread awareness about the benefits of solar power and how it can benefit humankind. The hope is that solar power may become efficient enough to replace current energy sources that aren't so environmentally-friendly.
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