A project dedicated to our planet
In Spring 2004, the seed of an idea a little crazy germinates in the mind of Raphael Domjan. He is 39 years old and Swiss. He 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 promoted.
Unknown to the general public but citizen of the world, Raphael then imagines an extraordinary adventure inspired by his reading of Jules Verne’s novels : Travelling around the world aboard a ship which is being propelled by solar energy only! An ecological and technological journey that looks feasible to him but that no one has ever tried. But there is everything still to do, seeking partners, putting a team together, designing a ship…
The dream starts taking shape in February 2008 thanks to a meeting with M. Immo Ströher who has a long-standing interest in solar technology and possesses a solid experience in that matter. The German businessman and the Swiss Phileas Fogg are becoming partners. By combining their capital, their ideas and their inexhaustible energy, Raphaël Domjan and Immo Ströher want to demonstrate that a motor vessel can function from today without using any fossil fuel and that this clean and eco-aware navigation has undoubtedly a commercial future. After two years of designing and assembling in Kiel’s shipyards, this idea has become a project and the result is a boat that remains unique so far: the Tûranor PlanetSolar.
Beyond the dream and the emotion that this adventure creates, the PlanetSolar project brings together an international team made up of physicians, engineers, shipbuilders and sailors that contribute day after day, miles after miles, to the success of first trip around the world using solar energy.