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World's largest solar boat on Greek prehistoric mission

The world’s largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser said Monday.

Starting on August 11, a team of Swiss and Greek scientists will seek a “prehistoric countryside” in the southeastern Peloponnese peninsula, University of Geneva researcher Julien Beck told AFP.

The month-long mission, jointly organised with the Swiss school of archaeology and the Greek culture ministry, will search around the Franchthi cave in the Argolic gulf, where early Europeans lived between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. Read more.

Solar Boat Expedition Around the Globe

The PlanetSolar team intends to be the first to circumnavigate the globe in a solar boat, i.e. one driven by a silent, pollution-free electrical engine powered exclusively by solar energy.

With this project, the PlanetSolar team has two objectives. Firstly, to show that current technologies aimed at improving energy efficiency are reliable and effective, and secondly to advance scientific research in the field of renewable energy.


Ray Manzarek

“We’re going to take a little ride on the Solar Boat
Bring your scepter, bring your thunderbolt
We’ll see the eye in the canopy, the Morning star
The edge of the void, it’s not too far
We’ll see the source of the Nile, which is in Tibet
And maybe, we’ll see the Shanghai Express”

Boats fitted out for eternity

(more on the solar boats at Giza at the link)

A large hanger has been constructed over the area surrounding the second boat pit, with a smaller hanger inside to cover the top of the boat itself. The hangers were designed to protect the wooden remains during analysis and treatment. A laser scanning survey also documented the area and the wall between the Great Pyramid and the boat pit.

“Plans are now underway to construct a temporary magazine and laboratory inside the hanger to use during the restoration process,” Hawass said. He added that the latest technological equipment would be installed, including a device to adjust the temperature and humidity vital to the preservation of the wooden boat remains.

So far five boat pits have been discovered in the pyramid complex of Khufu; three boat-shaped pits with narrow prows and sterns at the east side of the pyramid, and two on the south side that are rectangular in shape and were cut to house full-size wooden boats that had been dismantled.


Across the sky, through the sea and traversing the countryside, solar powered travel is picking up speed. Although the commercial adoption of solar planes, boats and automobiles remains years away, the milestones achieved by these sun-powered transportation vehicles are encouraging nonetheless.

Read about the recent accomplishments of solar-powered travel on SolarReviews.

Fifteen beams of King Khufu's second solar boat arrive to GEM after restoration

Today, fifteen wooden beams of King Khufu’s second solar boat were transferred to the store of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) after restoration.

The beams were restored in situ at the Giza plateau after being removed it from a pit neighbouring the Great Pyramid of Khufu. They had suffered damage from fungi and insects, Afifi Rohayem, head of the Khufu Solar Boat Restoration Project, told Ahram Online.

Rohayem continued that when all the beams are restored the whole boat will be reconstructed in order to be ready to be placed on display beside the first boat (which is currently on display in a museum especially constructed for it on the plateau) at the GEM when it opens. Read more.

 The world`s largest exclusively solar-powered boat, the Swiss-flagged MS `Turanor PlanetSolar` passes the Corinth Canal, central Greece, 28 July 2014. The 31-meter-long catamaran had docked in Corinth for three days and will continue its journey to the Ermioni area to take part in an underwater archaeological project focused on underwater exploration off one of Europe`s oldest human occupation sites, the Franchthi cave in the Argolid, southeast Peloponnese.

Making a boat fit for a king

Giza plateau was crowded on Monday as journalists, TV anchors, photographers and antiquities officials flocked to the northern side of King Khufu’s Great Pyramid to witness Japanese scientists and archaeologists taking samples from different parts of Khufu’s second solar boat, which is still buried in sand after 4,500 years. The boat’s wooden beams are to be subjected to laboratory analysis to determine the types of fungi, insects and viruses that are affecting the boat, as well as the amount of deterioration that has taken place, so that an appropriate method can be selected to restore it and place it on display beside King Khufu’s first boat, which is on display in a museum especially constructed for it on the plateau.

“This is the third phase of the five-year project to restore Khufu’s second boat,” Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim who told journalists. Read more.

Solar powered adventure boating kickstarts in Bangladesh | বাংলার নদীপথে হাজার কিলোমিটার | A thousand kilometers through Bengal Rivers

Solar powered adventure boating kickstarts in Bangladesh | বাংলার নদীপথে হাজার কিলোমিটার | A thousand kilometers through Bengal Rivers

Adventurer and renewable energy enthusiast  Tanim Ashraf has designed, built and tested a micro catamaran (two hulled boat) solely powered by solar energy. The boat, Surjokonna, meaning Daughter of the Sun, is designed to carry two people and supplies for a long trip.  Although the technology was first tested by Tanim in July 2012, he made a first inter-district voyage through the biggest river…

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