Billy Litmer is the founder of Honest Eco Sustainable Nature Tours and the Squid’s owner. He came in Key West on a Greyhound bus in 2005, with a dream of working on the water. He has enlisted David Walworth, a naval architect and marine engineer, to help when he was creating the Squid. Today, they are proud of achieving the first Coast Guard certified electric boat.
According to InhabitatDesign, Visitors who want to see the 200 wild bottlenose dolphins that live around the lower Florida Keys now have a more eco-friendly option. Squid, the first lithium-ion battery-powered hybrid charter boat with electric motors, takes visitors on four-hour dolphin watching and snorkeling tours. The solar-powered boat’s electricity stores can be recharged at the shore, via solar panels or, when necessary, with a diesel generator.
Sunflare solar panels are the secret to the Squid’s success. Because the boat carries 1200 pounds of lithium battery, the panels themselves had to be lightweight. Sunflare’s 12 modules on the Squid produce 2000 watts of power and weigh about 120 pounds combined, which is a quarter of the weight of traditional solar panels. Sunflare’s carbon footprint is 80 percent less than traditional solar panels, based on heat generated in the manufacturing process. Because the panels are lightweight, they also require less fuel to transport. ——————–***——————–
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Date: Mar 03, 2019 @ 17:04
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