The canton of Vaud, home to the PlanetSolar project
Institutional Partner

For several years now, the canton of Vaud has been actively pursuing a policy of developing its scientific and technical clusters, notably in the cleantech sector. Thus, it is proud to support PlanetSolar, the first project to circumnavigate the world in a solar-powered boat.

In addition to the values of sustainable development, innovation and international openness that PlanetSolar and the canton of Vaud share, this technological challenge has very strong regional roots.

PlanetSolar has found the technical expertise it needs by utilising the resources of the Vaud University of Management and Engineering (HEIG-VD). In 2008, the supporting firm PlanetSolar SA decided to establish its headquarters in Yverdon-les-Bains, just round the corner from its academic partner.

Yverdon-les-Bains similarly hosts the control centre for the PlanetSolar circumnavigation effort. To be more accurate, this is based at Yverdon Science and Technology Park (Y-Parc), the largest science park in Switzerland.

PlanetSolar, the first solar-powered round-the-world voyage

The PlanetSolar crew has a united goal: to be the first to circumnavigate the globe in a «solar» boat, i.e. one powered by a silent, pollution-free electrical engine, driven exclusively by solar energy. 

This unprecedented endeavour, aimed notably at promoting hybrid vehicle technology, should help to bring about a change in mindsets. If it succeeds, it will spawn technological developments in many fields, such as the manufacture of composite materials and structures or the generation and storage of photovoltaic energy (or electricity).

Our society is dependent on fossil fuels which are in limited supply and which are causing measurable negative effects on the earth's atmosphere. Within the current context of greenhouse gas taxes designed to promote a greater respect for the environment, as well as the relentless rise in oil prices, it is now time to demonstrate the potential that renewable energies have to offer in the area of mobility. Preserving our planet — by promoting solar energy, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility — is therefore what this project is all about. This represents a tremendous opportunity to inform the general public and heighten their awareness of the importance of renewable energies.

September 2009

The PlanetSolar village was successfully inaugurated in Yverdon-les-Bains (Canton of Vaud)

Summer 2010

European tour (Hamburg, London, Paris, etc.)

As of April 2011

Around-the-world tour (40.000 km - 140 days) with stopovers (New York, San Francisco, Singapore & Dubai), that will publicise the project and will act as a promotional platform for renewable energy

25.02.2010 - Unveiling

PlanetSolar, the largest solar-powered boat in the world was unveiled in the dockyard in Kiel, Germany on 25th February 2010. The launch of the boat is planned for April.

27.09.2010 - Start trip around the Globe

The MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, the biggest solar boat ever built (537 sqm of solar cells), has begun his trip around the Globe on 27th September in Monaco.

Follow the boat, Live !