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Over the swaying oceans and in the sun-soaked skies, there is more than enough energy to sail or fly around the world on light energy alone. Such endeavours are currently tricky and costly, but some developers are pushing the limits of technology as well as their own endurance to break air and water records.
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Nearly 500 years after Juan Sebastián Elcano completed the first circumnavigation of the globe using nothing but renewable power, Swiss engineer Raphael Domjan and French sailor Gerard D'Abouville are preparing to repeat Elcano's journey in an all-electric boat powered by the energy gathered by 470 square meters of solar panels.
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The solar-powered PlanetSolar project boat is to make a second round-the-world tour starting in early 2011.

The whole PlanetSolar team is proud to announce that the largest solar boat in the world will be presented to the press and public on Thursday, 25th February, 2010 in Kiel, Germany.
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A Swiss-built solar vessel completed the first sun-powered crossing of the Atlantic Tuesday when it arrived at its final destination in New York.
The "sun21," the catamaran reached North Cove Marina after a journey of over 8,000 miles from Chipiona, Spain, to the Caribbean island of Martinique and then along the U.S. East Coast to New York.
The 46-foot boat produced 2,000 kilowatt hours of solar energy during its voyage, the transatlantic21 group behind the effort said in a statement. The group said this showed the crossing could be made entirely without fuel.

"This proves that in our modern society it is indeed possible to travel the world efficiently and still safeguard the environment" - Michael Thonney, boat's skipper.

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A five-strong Swiss crew have sailed into history by completing the first solar-powered transatlantic crossing.
The Sun21 catamaran arrived in Miami late on Thursday, 117 days after leaving Seville in southern Spain.
The crew of four academics and one full-time sailor said they were trying to promote the "great potential" of solar power to combat climate change.

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A Swiss-made catamaran has become the first solar-powered boat to cross the Atlantic after reaching the French Caribbean island of Martinique, Swiss Radio International reported on Sunday.
The boat's owners said at the weekend that Sun21 had docked in Martinique, 63 days after leaving the Spanish port of Chipiona near Cadiz, according to the report.
It is claimed to be the first-ever motorised vessel to complete the journey without using any fuel.
The 14-meter boat largely followed the historic route sailed by explorer Christopher Columbus on the first known maritime crossing of the Atlantic in the 15th century, making its last stopover in the Canary Islands.
The specially designed catamaran covered the final 5,000-km non-stop leg in just 30 days.

"The achievement serves as a powerful example of responsible energy in practice. It also is impressive evidence of the suitability of solar technology for high-sea voyages" - The Transatlantic21 partnership, the private organisation which is funding the trip.

Sun21 left Chipiona of Spain on Dec. 3 last year. It has now covered about half of its journey.
The catamaran will next head to New York via several Caribbean islands and Miami, aiming to dock in Manhattan in May.

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A group from Switzerland will attempt to cross the Atlantic in a solar-powered boat.
The ship, named SUN21, a 6 berth, 14-meter-long catamaran, will leave Seville, Spain, in December 2006 destined to ports in Florida and New York in the spring of 2007.
This boat will use photovoltaic cells to achieve the 7,000-mile trip at a speed of 5-6 knots.

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