Sailing has been traditionally the greenest of all forms of transportation on the 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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So how do solar panels work? The Guardian has a series of articles explaining different issues. This one is explaining how solar panels capture the energy of the sun, and generate electricity we can use to make a cup of coffee. Or charge your electrical car. Or, well, you get the point!
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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Well, 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.
Since the beginning of this website, there has been a section for interesting books. It turns out it is very hard to find good books about renewable energy for boats. Luckily, there are a lot of very interesting books out there that we can learn a lot from. Therefore, starting today, this section will have a broader focus.
Solar boats are of course the thing we are looking for here. Small or large, with a traditional design or futuristic ones. Some are designed for recreational purposes while others are build to break records, some are build by professionals and yet others are build by enthusiast. But we love them all!
Manitoo Pontoon Boats is building pontoon boats, from small 18″ boats to a bit large 27″ pontoon boats. Their focus is to constantly improve and innovate, a focus which we always appreciate. They are all powered with big outboards, so we were surprised to find a article about how to green your boat.
The BioLite Nano Grid is another very smart invention from the BioLite company. It is a combination of power sharing, flashlight and general light and a charging station.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Not surprisingly, there are different reasons to “go green”. It doesn’t really matter if we talk about individuals, organisations, nations or campaniles, they all have different reasons to go green.
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:
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.
The french ship yard STX France has introduced a novelty in the nautical industry. They built a fully electrical, zero emission ferry. Instead of using traditional batteries to power the electrical engines, they opted for super capacitors. The advantage of the super capacitor is that that they are cheaper to use and can be charged very fast. They can use this option because the ferry will operate on a fixed and short route.
Every time the ferry docks from its short trip the capacitors will be charged with wall power. Unlike traditional batteries, which need many hours to charge, the super capacitors can be charged fast enough not to cause a delay.
There are some spots you don’t want to ruin with a noisy or smoking diesel engine, there are some boats just to pretty while others already look green because there were no petrol or diesel engines when they were first build.
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One of the most beautiful and impressive yachts built in the recent past. Built in the Netherlands by the founder of Netscape and couple other companies in Silicon Valley. Impressive. Gracious. Just a pure beauty. 90m of immense power. One of the largest sailing yachts.
These are just a couple of words or sentences to describe the Athena. I have always been very impressed with this Dutch built yacht since I first heard of her many years ago and she was extensively covered in every sailing and boating magazine.
Currently she is for sale if you are interested. Have a look for yourself. You have to promise to invite me if you buy her though… It is not like you don’t have enough space to invite some friends.