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World's largest solar-powered boat returns to the oceans in the name of science

•, By James Holloway
 Equipped with unique instruments, the Tûranor will carry a team of scientists who will monitor the air and water of the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf Stream, a current which influences the climates of North America's east coast and Europe's west. The goal is to gain understanding of the processes which regulate climate.

The Tûranor has set out from La Ciocat, France, on a four-month expedition that will encircle the North Atlantic. The vessel's instruments will undergo testing as the boat makes its way out of the Mediterranean. The hard graft, so far as the science is concerned, will not begin until it reaches Miami, Florida, at the south-western tip of the Gulf Stream.

From there, physicists, biologists and climatologists from the University of Geneva, led by Professor Martin Beniston, director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the university, will begin continuous monitoring of the air and water in a project dubbed PlanetSolar DeepWater.

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