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The Firefly is a 100% Solar-Powered Boat That Only Costs $2900!

Posted By Marc Carter On July 9, 2012 @ 4:50 pm In Green Transportation,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment

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This awesome boat, dubbed Firefly [1], is a six-person boat that is powered entirely by the sun. The first Firefly was built in 2010 by Dan Baker [1] who decided to construct his own pontoon to cruise around Fraser Lake, British Columbia. Originally the Firefly was powered by two trolling motors and a car charger, but today it’s the ultimate 100% solar-powered lake boat. The Firefly got its name from the 900 LED lights [2] that are positioned on the top of the boat.

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Dan Baker’s Firefly is a simple emissions-free boat that is the perfect green alternative to a standard gasoline-powered boat. The boat is completely silent and powered by two brushless DC electric motors [3] that are mounted on each rear corner. A homemade solar panel [4] is mounted on the roof. The solar panel provides up to 140W of renewable electric power — enough to move the boat at speeds up to 4 mph for up to six miles.

Last year the solar panels powered the boat from June 4-Oct 29, 2011, and this year it’s powering the boat for the whole 2012 season. The best part is that Dan Baker built the whole thing for just $2900!

+ Dan Baker [1]

Via Ecochunk [5]


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[1] Firefly: http://www.evalbum.com/3432

[2] LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/video-the-led-bulb-challenge-we-upgrade-5-designer-lamps-at-icff-with-low-energy-led-bulbs/

[3] electric motors: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+motors

[4] solar panel: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=solar+panel

[5] Ecochunk: http://www.ecochunk.com/750/2012/07/07/firefly-a-2900-electric-boat-powered-entirely-by-homemade-solar-panels/

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