DuPont to supply materials for PlanetSolar
INTERNATIONAL UPDATE – INNOVATIONS
DuPont will provide innovations in photovoltaic modules and high-performance marine coatings to PlanetSolar, the largest solar boat ever built. PlanetSolar is a 31 meter-long and 15 meter-wide catamaran covered by 500 sq m of photovoltaic solar panels that will power an electric motor.
In 2011, the boat will undertake the first world tour powered by solar energy — demonstrating that renewable energy and technology can be applied today to achieve sustainable transportation.
"Using technology and our knowledge to improve our energy efficiency and promote renewable energies is the path toward a lasting world. PlanetSolar wants to show that solutions exist," said Raphael Domjan, founder and skipper of the project.
"PlanetSolar is more than a solar boat. It is the very concrete demonstration of how science and technology can transform the sun’s potential into clean energy. This project showcases solutions that help raise mainstream awareness of sustainable alternatives in the transportation industry. We are very proud to be part of this project," said Ian Hudson, president — DuPont Europe, Middle East & Africa.
The photovoltaic modules used to power the boat are exposed to a harsh marine environment. The full range of materials that make up these solar modules must be highly durable.
The generation and storage of renewable energy is expected to be the fastest growing sector in the energy market for the next 20 years. DuPont global sales target in the photovoltaic sector are planned to exceed $1 billion by 2012. DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions is the leading technology supplier to the photovoltaic industry, with more than 25 years of experience in photovoltaic materials development, and a broad and growing portfolio of materials and technology solutions designed to work together to increase the efficiency and lifetime of photovoltaic modules.
PlanetSolar’s 1,300 sq m external surface and the whole interior area including the cockpit have been painted with high-performance DuPont Marine materials coatings.