When you want to create something new, even a thing like a hull boat also becomes a major source of inspiration. This is exactly what happened when Carter Quillen bought an old boat, and decided to turn into the largest solar powered concrete hulled boat in the world, rather than masking it all over again.
‘Archimedes’, as he calls his new love, is 50 feet (15.24 meters) long, with a displacement of 20 tons and is able to travel at up to 5 miles per hour (8 km/hour) powered solely by a 5kW solar array. Quillen is traveling along the Intercoastal Waterway as an advocate for microgrid energy production, as well as using his boat as a demonstration platform for sustainable technology.
This is not all, in addition to the solar electric propulsion, the ‘Archimedes’ also uses solar power for its refrigeration, A/C, and water heating. The solar panels are also being developed to be deployed in a funnel configuration for rainwater catchment.
Noting, that the ‘Sunshine State’ Florida ranks 20th nationwide in solar energy use per capita, Carter Quillen is also campaigning for greater use of solar power in the state, for a better and brighter future.
via : Ship of Imagination