The PlanetSolar foundation came out of the expedition to prove that solar energy can provide renewable energy for ocean transport.
Raphael Domjan is a Swiss electrical engineer who dreamed of sailing the seas economically using solar power. He dared to pursue his dream until one day in 2008 he met Immo Stroeher a German industrialist with a philanthropic outlook, who used his entrepreneurial skills to provide the backing that a project like PlanerSolar needs to breath life into a paper concept and turn it into a reality for everyone to marvel at.
was trained as an electronics engineer but he is also ambulance man, jet and glider pilot, and mountain guide. In love with Nature, he is a Jack of all trades and a fervent defender of clean energy. Like others, he feels that we rapidly need to find alternatives to our wild oil consumption but that, at the same time, the huge potential of renewable energy still need to be proven and
AUGUST 2017 - Raphaël Domjan is pictured here in the recently built robotics laboratory in Sussex, England where SeaVax, also a solar (and wind) powered vessel, is being developed as an ocean cleaning workboat. He is now working on SolarStratos in an attempt to use solar power to reach the stratosphere.
A solar powered sprinter named the Elizabeth Swan after the Governor's daughter in Pirates of the Caribbean, is under construction in the UK as a 1/20th scale tank test model, with a view to proving the concept of a sub 365 day circumnavigation. The present record stands at 584 days. Copyright photograph © Cleaner Ocean Foundation August 25 2017.
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