8th March 2012 The First World Solar Tour Is About To Be Concluded
“The catamaran of 35 meters long, covered with 540 m2 of high efficiency solar panels, has just passed without incident the perilous Gulf of Aden,” said Raphael Domjan, the project proponent on Wednesday.
The crossing of the area marked by many acts of piracy took place under the protection of six men who were “the guardian angels of our adventure for over a month,” added eco-adventurer in a Swiss statement.
The journey of 50 000+ km, which took the solar boat of Monaco to Miami, Cancun, Noumea and Brisbane is reaching its “last mile” and is scheduled to stop for some time in Egypt before crossing the Suez Canal to go back Monaco , its starting point, more than a year and a half after its departure.
“To celebrate the success of this unique project, a weekend of festivities is organized on the 4, 5 and 6 May at Port Hercule in Monaco,” highlighted the Planet Solar project sponsors.
The purpose of this world tour with stops is to «show that we have technologies” capable of quitting relying on kerosene, Swiss adventurer had indicated during a visit to Paris in June 2011. “These are technologies that anyone can we buy in the supermarket. It has everything you need to change.”
Basma Jalloul – International Green Energy Correspondent – 07/03/2012