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Press release - Kicking off Planet Solar’s 2013 expedition!

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After 6 months of intense maintenance and optimization operations, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is casting off and heading out to sea again for her 2013 solar campaign. With a new crew led by Captain Gérard d’Aboville aboard, the catamaran will sail towards Rabat (Morocco) before crossing the Atlantic and sailing back up towards the Far North along the American coasts, to carry out a campaign of unique scientific measurements along the Gulf Stream conducted by the University of Geneva (UNIGE)

The success of the first trip around the world powered exclusively by solar energy was a remarkable experiment that demonstrated the maturity of photovoltaic technology onboard the catamaran. For her 2013 campaign, the ship will take part in unprecedented missions that are intended to broaden and diversify her practical applications. A scientific expedition along the Gulf Stream, a campaign to collect floating plastic waste, and even educational events are awaiting the world’s largest solar boat!

Today marks the kickoff of the solar catamaran’s second life, a high point for the PlanetSolar team and her numerous supporters, including H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who asserts: "Given the progress she has made possible to achieve in the use of solar energy, the PlanetSolar adventure is a significant time, and I am happy that the Principality of Monaco and my Foundation were associated with it in 2012. Everything that fosters the development of a new energy model must be supported, because it is an invitation to imagine new solutions, to overcome habits, and above all, to deny the limits of possibility." The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will return to sea this week for its new solar campaign!

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