"Turanor - Planet Solar" Completes First Solar Powered Circumnavigation

 

Black Pearl is a 2011 International Super Yacht Award finalist!

Congratulations to all involved in the Black Pearl project! We are extremely pleased to announce that "Black Pearl" has been selected as one of the five "Best Power" 24m to 40m category Finalists for the 2011 ISS Design Awards Program.

This selection was achieved through a voting process of this year's Design Awards Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is comprised of the entire ISS Membership.

Aquarius Class Fire Fighting Wavepiercer launches in Egypt

LOMOcean and Egyptian partners Mapso Ltd are proud to announce the very recent launch of the first Aquarius class fire fighting wavepiercer catamaran in Alexandria, Egypt.  This welded aluminium, foil assisted, Scania powered, quad Hamilton jet is GL classed to FiFi 1 and will offer fast response fire fighting capability to the Damietta Port Authority.

Azzum makes cover of Boating NZ magazine

This month, our 12m, 40 knot foil assisted power trimaran design “Azzum” made the cover of Boating NZ magazine, showcasing LOMOcean’s design innovation and feting builder Warrick Yeomen’s single handed efforts against the odds to build the boat. Buy the August issue of Boating NZ to read more…

Turanor now well past the halfway mark

Turanor Planet Solar recently left the Philippines enroute to Hong Kong after successful and record breaking crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The photo-voltaic cells used on the big wavepiercer catamaran were made in the Philippines so this was a home coming in some ways for the boat.

Multi-hull technology has been used for centuries in this part of the world, although Turanor looks more like a space craft than a traditional fishing boat trimaran when meeting each other at sea...

Turanor Planet Solar now officially holds the Guinness World record for fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and has travelled further than any solar electric powered vehicle in history; by mid-July this unique craft had covered 20,000 nautical miles. After Hong Kong, Turanor visits Singapore, then heads West across the Indian Ocean on the homeward journey.

 

Turanor Planet Solar on her way

The 31m solar powered, carbon fibre wavepiercer catamaran 'Turanor Planet Solar' departed Monaco on the 27th September 2010 on the first leg of a world tour intended to highlight sustainable energy.

When the voyage is complete, Turanor Planet Solar is expected to be the first vehicle ever to circumnavigate the globe using electricity derived solely from photovoltaic cells, driving electric motors and carbon fibre propellers.

LOMOcean Design - also the designers of Earthrace/Ady Gil - was responsible for the naval architecture, styling, arrangement drawings and structural engineering of Turanor Planet Solar.   The Swiss-flagged, German funded project was constructed by Kiel's Knierim Yachtbau,  utilizing European solar, battery, electrical and propulsion technology and expertise.

LOMOcean Design wishes Turanor Planet Solar the best for this tour.