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METSTRADE 2017: PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Floating solar-power platform brings the land to the sea The principle of Occam’s razor: the best answer is often the simplest. But what if the solution doesn’t yet exist? This was the conundrum behind the invention of US-based PowerDocks’ ‘Blue Isles’ floating solar-powered platforms. stock size, a custom design featuring 12 kilowatt-hours of power in a 5m x 6m (16ft x 20ft) platform, allows up to three boats to moor alongside and boaters can use the platform as a communal entertainment area, taking advantage of both power and Wi-Fi. “The only thing I missed when out on the water on a hot day was a cold drink,” PowerDocks’ director of communications, Kelli Baro, explains. Was that such a big ask? With limited power and fear that running a fridge would drain what remained, yes. And so began a journey to develop a product that would provide reliable, sustainable offshore power without draining onboard resources. Luckily for Kelli, her husband Anthony Baro owns efficient energy solutions company E2SOL. He and architect Chris Fagan, who shared a love of design and sailing, combined their skills and came up with a solution: a solar-powered platform with a range of marine applications that can be installed anywhere in the world. The concept is simple: solar panels mounted to the platform continually harness the sun’s energy and store it in batteries, providing constant electricity for any boats mooring up. They can be used by marine electric propulsion vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and surface autonomous vehicles (SAVs); in aquaculture farming; and as a tool for commercial users, defence or oceanography. For the marina industry, these ‘microgrids’ bring shore-based power out into the sea. They offer the ideal solution for smaller marinas looking to increase capacity but without the fixed pontoon space to do so. These platforms are green machines, helping to improve water quality and environmental conditions by offering an alternative to fossil fuel-based equipment. Each year, the company says, one small solar powered mooring platform saves 2+ megawatt hours, avoids 42,781 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, saves US.1 million in energy savings compared to existing or alternative technology, provides 100% energy efficiency improvement over existing fossil-fuel based technologies and cuts over one million air particles, resulting in improved air quality. Once installed, they require little, if any, maintenance and can be left to do their job indefinitely, explains Kelli. They even have on-deck bird scarers, which help to keep the panels clean. Fully customisable in both material and size, the platforms are offered in three stock sizes providing two, four or six kilowatthours of resilient power. The largest The platforms have piqued interest from would-be customers internationally, including government agencies and oceanographic instrumentation companies, which are eyeing them as a solution to charge remote autonomous vehicles. Since the prototype product, PowerDocks has expanded its scope from the basic recharging of boats to a variety of other solar recharging products. The line-up now includes autonomous docks for the wireless recharging of air drones and unmanned underwater vehicles. The technology can also be installed adjacent to floating villas or as a water remediation tool that automatically sends water quality data back to land. Looking towards the future of the marina industry, Fagan believes the next trend will be a switch to electric. “Everything is going electric. It only makes sense that, given the option, boaters will leave fossil fuels and embrace electric propulsion.” If so, PowerDocks’ new product will be among the first to offer smart, sustainable power solutions to boaters around the world. E: 52 - January/February 2018

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