Streamline Your Habitat – Self Sufficiency

Here are some recent pdf articles I’ve written for the Solar Electric Ship project. These resources apply to stay-at-home challenges:

Refrigeration at Sea and at Home

Summary: Traditional cruisers need power hungry refrigeration and freezers for meats, dairy, and other high-spoilage rate animal products. Instead, consider fulfilling your steak cravings for shore visits. Acquire and use a solar oven for a midday hot meal, or making beans and rice. You can always heat up later in the power efficient microwave or induction electric stove top or hot plate. Consider energy efficient methodology using a Instant Pot pressure cooker, which reduces cooking time (i.e. power consumption) and keeps the heat out of the galley. Dump the propane. It’s expensive to get, takes storage space, and is a heavy gas (sinks instead of rises) which presents a explosion hazard, and goes right to the bilge. Harvesting plants for food daily does not require the use of refrigeration. For a complete link of solar electrical self-generation options, please visit our page here.

Download PDF: 20200216-cruising-review-elec-ship-build-refrigeration

dometic

Product: Dometic CFX-28US Blue; Gray CFX28 Portable Electric Cooler Refrigertor/Freezer (0.9 Cubic feet)

Description: Dometic CFX-28US Blue; Gray CFX28 Portable Electric Cooler Refrigertor/Freezer (0.9 Cubic feet)

Price (at time of post – may change): $770.88

Pro Tips: 12V or 110V powered portable refrigerator or freezer.

Buy Now Link:  https://amzn.to/38YWcXu

Icemaker Links at end of this post…


Galley (land based kitchen) Strategy

Summary: The galley is one of the focal points of the boat. Make it fun, efficient, and easy to use. Develop a solid strategy for food procurement, growing, storage, preparation, and enjoyment. A more sustainable approach will allow you to cruise off-grid longer, and less dependent on port visits.

Download PDF: 20200216-cruising-review-elec-ship-build-galley

Product: Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Description: Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 6 Quart, Easy-Seal Lid, 14 One-Touch Programs

Price (at time of post – may change): $79.99

Pro Tips: Insta Pot is one of the best pressure cookers, which efficiently cook your food while conserving power.

Buy Now Link:  https://amzn.to/33BdaKm

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Food At Sea (or stay-at-home) Strategy

Summary: Traditional cruisers need power hungry refrigeration and freezers for meats, dairy, and other high-spoilage rate animal products. Instead, consider fulfilling your steak cravings for shore visits. Acquire and use a solar oven for a midday hot meal, or making beans and rice. You can always heat up later in the power efficient microwave or induction electric stove top or hot plate. Consider energy efficient methodology using a Instant Pot pressure cooker, which reduces cooking time (i.e. power consumption) and keeps the heat out of the galley. Dump the propane. It’s expensive to get, takes storage space, and is a heavy gas (sinks instead of rises) which presents a explosion hazard, and goes right to the bilge. Harvesting plants for food daily does not require the use of refrigeration.

Download PDF: 20200216-cruising-review-elec-ship-food-at-sea

Product: Duxtop 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

Description: Portable induction cooktop. Choose from 15 preset power levels 200W to 1800W and 15 preset temperature level settings 140 F to 460 F. With an 83 percentage energy efficiency rating, induction cooker is more efficient than traditional gas or electric stoves yet provides quick heat-up and faster cooking times. REQUIRES INDUCTION READY COOKWARE Induction stoves rely on cookware to heat, so it’s essential to choose magnetic bottom cookware with a minimum diameter of 5 inches. The auto-pan detection will shut the unit off automatically after 60 seconds if no cookware, or the incorrect cookware is detected.

Price (at time of post – may change): $73.99

Pro Tips: Works only with cookware that is magnetic (cast iron, steel, etc). Does not work for aluminum or other non-magnetic pans.

Buy Now Link:  https://amzn.to/2WBwaH6

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Product: Solar Evacuated Vacuum Tubes Hot Water

Description: Duda Solar 30 Tube Water Heater Collector 45° Frame Evacuated Vacuum Tubes SRCC Certified Hot Water

Price (at time of post – may change): $1263.74

Pro Tips: Hailstone Resistance: up to 1 inch. Max Operating Pressure: 87psi, Max Flow Rate: 5.25 gpm. Duda Solar Water Heater Collectors are the most efficient solar collectors on the market. The evacuated tubes retain heat much better than flat panel collectors and therefore can work much more efficiently in cold climates. They also have a unique capability of obtaining higher efficiencies while the sun is at an angle in the east or west through passive tracking in the tubes. SRCC Certified and eligible for the 30% Federal Tax Rebate. May also be used with Duda Solar Aluminum Reflectors.

Buy Now Link:  https://amzn.to/2WzRAnX

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Product: Duda Solar 180 Liter Standard Passive Water Heater

Description: Solar Water Heater Attached Pressurized Tank Evacuated Tubes Hot Water

Price (at time of post – may change): $1418.06

Pro Tips: Hailstone Resistance: up to 1 inch. Max Operating Pressure: 100psi, TK-7Y Controller. Painted Zinc Outer Shell & Stand, Pressurize tank for domestic water supply, 14mm TU1 Copper Heat Pipes, Winter Resistant. 58mm x 1800mm. Three-Target Cu/SS-ALN(H)/SS-ALN(L)/ALN Vacuum Tubes, High Boron Silicon 3.3 Glass. Sun Absorption Efficiency: 93-96 percent, Lifespan:70 percent at 15 Years. Tank Diameter: 460mm (18.1 inches), Inner Tank Material: SUS304-2B Food Grade stainless steel.

Buy Now Link:  https://amzn.to/3boDSsp

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Solar Water Desalination: https://sswm.info/sites/default/files/reference_attachments/rr-roadmap-desalination-southeast-asia-070518-en(1).pdf

https://repository.library.northeastern.edu/downloads/neu:377623?datastream_id=content

https://www.upc.edu/innovacio/ca/oficina-patents/technology-offers/Leaflet_Model20SeaWaterPyramid.pdf


Solar Thermal Cooking and Heating Strategy

Summary: Solar ovens provide a power-free cooking choice. Limited to midday (sunshine) hours, you can extend cooking time by putting in solar thermal heat absorbers, such as lava rock, dark colored bricks, or a new innovative technology called Zeolite pellets. Pellets are heated, and then when water is applied, the heat is released (water boils). Harvesting plants for food daily does not require the use of refrigeration.

Download PDF: 20200216-cruising-review-elec-ship-solar-power

Product: Sun Oven

Description: Reach temperatures of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which are more than sufficient to bake, boil, or steam your favorite foods.

Price (at time of post – may change): $389.99

Pro Tips: Buy a pre-made solar oven, or build your own using solar vacuum tubes.

Buy Now Link:  https://amzn.to/2WyLzba

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Eco Habitat from the Solar Electric Ship to Stay-at-Home Opportunities

With the advent of overpriced and overtaxed land-based accommodations and workspaces, a eco-minded alternative has been inspired by the Swiss lake paddlewheelers. Switzerland and Italy are adorned with many large lakes, rivers, canals, and access to seas and oceans. Yet, finding reasonably priced housing and workspaces are a challenge. While this is not a solution for many, for a few it provides a environmentally friendly alternative to not only access the region, but make money at it. The concept of a efficient multihull that is alternatively powered by the sun and wind may be the answer. Using a modular platform allows this concept to apply for a AirBNB, vacation home, workspace, or even workshop. The portability gives this concept far reaching possibilities. For South Pacific getaways, simply adding stainless steel legs makes this modular platform into a over-water-villa, completely self-sufficient.  Most important, this solution is a low carbon emitting, sustainable habitat that can be self-built, or commercially produced. This article examines a self-sufficient habitat that can be applied at land or water. For a complete link of solar electrical self-generation options, please visit our page here.

Download PDF: 20200216-cruisingreview-electricship-eco-ship


Ice Making

On demand countertop ice makers provide an excellent alternative to custom (and expensive) refrigerators and under-counter devices. The are inexpensive (i.e. fast payback), can use your filtered water, and can be used for peak-shaving large solar outputs during mid-day, when your lithium battery bank is full and you have extra solar power production. We also recommend this is when you do laundry, or other power-hungry applications. One solar panel can provide enough output to run a icemaker (and then some). If you need larger capacities, then simply empty ice into Ziplock bags, and store in your Dometic freezer chest.

Product: Portable Ice Maker Countertop

Description: IKICH Portable Ice Maker Machine for Countertop, Ice Cubes Ready in 6 Mins, Make 26 lbs Ice in 24 Hrs with LED Display Perfect for Parties Mixed Drinks, Electric Ice Maker 2L with Ice Scoop and Basket. 17.35 pounds. 13.4×10.2×14.6 inches. Dimension: 8.7(L)*12.3(W)*12.6(W)in

Weight: 7.1kg

Voltage/ Frequency: 110-120V/60Hz

Operating Cycle: 6~13 Mins

Amount of Ice Per Cycle: 9pcs

Daily Capacity: 26 lbs./12kg

Water Storage Capacity: 2L

Capacity of Ice Basket:1.5lbs./0.7kg

Method of Adding Water And Drainage: Manual

Material: ABS shell + PP + Nickel-plated pure copper

Color: Silver

Price (at time of post – may change): $128.98

Pro Tips: Use countertop icemaker for mid-day solar panel power usage, then put ice into Dometic Freezer. This allows you to use purified water, and only when needed (on-demand). 120V.

Buy Now Link:  https://amzn.to/2QOF9kA

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Product: Vremi Countertop Ice Maker

Description: Vremi Countertop Ice Maker – Ice Cubes Ready in 9 Mins – Perfect for Water Bottles, Mixed Drinks – Portable Small Stainless Steel Ice Maker with Ice Scoop and Basket – Silver and Black. Model Info VRM010636N

Item Weight 20.9 pounds

Product Dimensions 13.5 x 12 x 9.5 inches

Item model number VRM010636N

Efficiency High Efficiency

Capacity 2.2 liters

Installation Type counter top

Color Silver and Black

Voltage 115 volts

Wattage 120 watts

Ice storage 1.5 Pounds

Material Type ABS, Stainless Steel

Price (at time of post – may change): $119.99

Pro Tips: Use countertop icemaker for mid-day solar panel power usage, then put ice into Dometic Freezer. This allows you to use purified water, and only when needed (on-demand). 120V. 120 watts.

Buy Now Link:  https://amzn.to/2vRTfdx

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