WAGO 758 Series IPCs are managing solar
energy for Turanor PlanetSolar, reportedly the world's largest solar-powered
boat. Conceived by Raphael Domjan, a Swiss eco-adventurer and PlanetSolar
founder, Turanor is a catamaran research vessel for solar power utilization.
Turanor will embark on a solar-powered 2011 worldwide tour, with planned stops
in San Francisco and New York City. According to PlanetSolar, the 2011 tour
will be the first solar-powered circumnavigation by any means of transport.
The boat has 500+ sq. meters of photovoltaic
panels and packs 11 tons of batteries (with chassis), including the 388V
lithium ion (NCA) battery. To support the multi-hull ship's planned average
speed of 7.5 knots over 31,069 miles and 140 days, Turanor uses three of WAGO's
758 Series IPCs with control functionality and electrical components.
WAGO IPCs control charging for three
batteries and 10 Drivetek Maximum Power Pick Trackers via 13 CAN buscouplers.
These DC/DC converters are used to improve the PV panels' solar absorption.
This also helps ensure safety for the four-member crew, as Turanor has no
gasoline backups for steering/propulsion. WAGO's electrical components feature
vibration- and thermal cycling-resistant, gas-tight connections for reliability
in harsh marine environments.
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