Solar

A new 14 panel 3.71 kW solar system was installed on the vessel.
A solid aluminium framework was constructed on the roof of the wheel house and aft upper cabin and extended over the rear upper deck. Fourteen aluminium frames were then bolted to the framework and the panels mounted into the frames.

6 of 14 X 275W solar panels
6 of 14 X 275W solar panels

A bank of 12 X 2 Volt 1,960 amp hour batteries was installed in the engine room on a specially constructed and strengthened platform. A steel frame was constructed to completely enclose the bank of batteries and fix them to the platform.

2000 ampere hour battery pack. inside sturdy steel restraining frame.
2000 ampere hour battery pack. inside sturdy steel restraining frame.

Finally a 2,000 kg ratchet strap was used to further prevent any movement of the battery pack. The total weight of the batteries is approximately 1.4 tonnes. Continue reading “Solar”