Renewable Technology

 As a bespoke boatbuilder, Thames Solar Electric builds electric boats to maximise energy efficiency for a sustainable life afloat. 
The innovative combination of technology below relates to The SunFlower - a 65' x 13' widebeam houseboat - and can be scaled up or down depending on your personal needs - widebeam or narrowboat.

Solar panels

The array of 20 photovoltaic solar panels  line the houseboat roof, producing 6KW of 100% free and renewable energy. They feed two solar controllers which charge the batteries and power the electric motors. No fuel costs for this eco home.

Battery storage

A powerful battery bank is the key to year-round performance. Forklift truck batteries capable of storing 96 Kwh of energy enable 10 hours of continuous cruising without ANY daylight or 18 days of domestic supply. Every day, rain or shine, the solar panels top up the batteries.

Electric motors

Twin electric motors - bespoke engineered by Lynch Motors and virtually maintenance free - enable the 40 ton houseboat to cruise almost silently at a relaxed 3 knots.

Triple glazing & insulation

Up to 1.5 metres wide, the windows and doors flood the space with natural light. Each panel is triple glazed for maximum insulating and soundproofing qualities. The walls and floor are also insulated to 3 times more than a regular boat. The eco home stays warm in winter, cooler in summer.

Underfloor heating

A multifuel eco stove with a back boiler feeds a network of underfloor pipes warming the floor in winter and providing hot water to a storage cylinder for domestic use.

Thermal mass concrete floor

18 tons of concrete stores the heat fed through the underfloor hot water pipes to provide a cosy, constant temperature in winter and reducing our need to burn eco heat-logs.

Heat recovery ventilation

As with on-land Passivhaus systems in eco-houses, a heat recovery ventilation system uses the warm stale air being expelled to heat the cold fresh air being drawn in. This reduces the need for heating so saves energy.

Energy efficient appliances

Electricity consumption is reduced using LED lighting and only the highest rated (yet still affordable) domestic appliances onboard. Includes induction hob, large fridge-freezer, energy-and-water- saving dishwasher and washing machine.

Rainwater harvesting

Rainwater collected on the 64 square metre roof, channels through an efficient 3 phase filtration system and into a storage tank for use in the bathroom, dishwasher and washing machine.

Composting toilet

The Separett composting 'no-flush' loo from Sweden eliminates the need for a sewage tank or chemical toilet. When full, the removable bins are stored and can be recycled as harmless compost within six months.
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