KNRM

KNRM Helpt

Sailing is not only about power, but as well as doing the right thing. In the Netherlands, there is a volunteer rescue organisation for the Dutch lakes, rivers and coastal area. Each year they are called into action about 1500 times.

Considering they work on a 100% voluntary basis and receive no government funding, this is a significant achievement.

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Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy WorldHere at Green Boating we do our best to provide as many resources for anything green and sustainable. Starting today, we will show you interesting apps. These can be apps for saving energy, sailing, or perhaps just a news app focused at boating and renewable energy.

The world we live in, is one of apps and smartphones, so it really make sense to show you all the useful ones out there. The first app we will show you is Renewable Energy World.

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Renaissance of the Modern J-Class

Sailing has been traditionally the greenest of all forms of transportation on thRenaissance Modern J-Classe water. Unfortunately, diesel or gas powered boats can travel faster and are less dependent on the influence of the weather. But there is a new trend, one that looks back at the old J-Class yachts from about 100 years ago. Impressive sailing yachts with very tall masts and a sail area as large as possible to be faster than the competition.

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PlanetSolar – the worlds largest solar boat

PlanetSolar is the worlds largest solar boat and sailing around the world at the moment. She is in the Philippines at the time of writing. Their goal is to promote the use of renewable. They do this by showing that renewable energy technologies work as well as by pushing the boundaries of current technology.
Wow, sailing around the world to promote something you believe in, that is pretty cool.

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Tesla Powerwall

Tesla PowerwallWell, that is impressive! Before we have even written anything about the new Tesla Powerwall, it is already sold out until next year. They announced, only days after the Powerwall was introduced, that they have 38.000 reservations. That means that they are sold out until mid next year. What makes it even more surprising is that many people were wondering whether there was a market for these expensive batteries in the first place.

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It starts with ambition

I always say it starts with ambition when someone thinks I am dreaming about a future project. Well, that is nothing compared to the dream the team from the Solar Roadway has!

Solar parking lot, it starts with ambition
Testing the solar parkinglot

It starts with ambition

And ambition is what they have plenty of! Paving all the roads with solar panels. Build in LED lights to inform drivers of hazardous situations, build in heating to melt the snow away by using electricity generated from the same panels. Even adaptable parking spots.

You can find more information about the Solar Road at solarroadways.com. They are actual designing, testing and making solar roads. Have a look at their website for all the examples and support they have received to far.  Have a look for yourself what you think of their ambition.

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Kormaran Flying Foldable Boat

Every now and then, we find something for you that makes us say WOW. Well, this foldable flying boat is definitely a prototype we would love to see in real life. The various options are actually really smart to get the most out of the relatively small space you have on a boat. Sun bathing, flying, or just sailing as a trimaran are all possible with this great invention. They having been working on this for many years, and the result so far is impressive.

Kormaran Flying Foldable Boat
Kormaran Flying Foldable Boat

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Going electric from an unexpected source: Harley Electric

Harley electric as in, Harley’s going electric, no joke! I had to read it twice before I believed it. The brand that is so well known for its loud motorbike’s you seriously can’t miss, is doing road tests with an electrical bike. This doesn’t mean that I am a fan of large and loud motorbikes but for me it is an indication how much attention electrical transportation receives at the moment. That, I am very happy with of course!. Whether it is bikes, cars or boats, it all means more research and progress for electrical vehicles.

Harley Davidson Electric

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Burn baby burn!

Biolite Kettle
Biolite Kettle

As discussed before on these pages, BioLite has invented a way to combine a cozy camp fire with charging your iPhone when you are camping out in the bush. Now you can even make a pot of tea when you get the accompanying BioLite Kettle.

What I always really like about these inventions is the progress we make to make the world a little greener. Of course one cup of tea or a charged iPhone doesn’t change the world, but it proves that the technique is constantly making (small) steps. All we need to do is to continue this process of improvements and innovations and start using these little inventions on a larger scale.

BioLite is selling these BioLite Stoves and accesoires for commercial purposes, but they offer the Home Stove for people who currently cook on open fires, both indoors and outdoors. The Home Stove has a couple important benefits according to BioLite:

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BioLite Stove – Electricity from fire

The BioLite Stove | The Green Boating Blog
The BioLite Stove in action, the orange part contains both the charger and the fan.

As you might have noticed, I have a very broad interest, both related to renewable energy for boats and in general.  The BioLite Stove is an example of something different that caught my attention. To me, it shows the technological progress that is being made all around us and all the new possibilities of energy generation. In this case, in a small and very well designed package.

The BioLIte Stove

The BioLite Stove has a very smart design. The legs can fold in, the electrical unit can detach and fits in the stove.  As a result, you can easily take the BioLite Stove with you in a small poach on every camping trip and to other off grid places you might go. Weighing in at less than a kilo, it is not a too heavy either, especially as it doubles up as a fire place to put your pan on.

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