Solar Dinghy

28 February 2011 | Campbell River
25 February 2011 | My Prototype
25 February 2011 | Campbell River
21 July 2010 | Rebecca Spit Quadra Island
05 July 2010 | Port Mcneill

SOLAR BREAKTHROUGH

28 February 2011 | Campbell River
DARREN
So I did some more research today and found that there is a National Company that makes Solar reflectors but they use their own proprietary mirrors called Alubond. It has the same reflectance as good old cheap 3mm Mirror that I used on my prototype. but is unbreakable and expensive. 3mm mirror is about $4.00/ sq.ft WAY CHEAPER than a single piece of Alubond. The only thing missing is a cheap way to mount the mirrors on either side of your solar panels. Which I am getting prices for as we speak. These MIRRORS result in a 260% increase in the output of ANY of your solar PV panels. I am also building them for our sailboat that fold up when underway to protect the panels. I will offer up plans and information FREE for the asking. INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE FREE!

This Is It!!!

25 February 2011 | My Prototype
Darren Matwichuk
So this is a quick Pic of the heart of the system. Mirrors or polished aluminum, stainless steel, plexi mirror or tinfoil it all works. Just mount a baffle at the rear of the panel and connect a computer fan with a diode, to blow on the backside of the panel to help keep the temperature down a bit at noon, it TRIPLES the output of ANY panel. If you need more info. CALL US AND I WILL HELP YOU GET STARTED. FREE 1-250-203-5480

SOLAR POWER FREE

25 February 2011 | Campbell River
Darren Matwichuk
I stole this Great idea from Australia. But if you look closely at the idea of using mirrors to increase efficiency is one that I tried on single panel but modified it on my prototype to adjust mirror angles for optimum sun gathering over the course of 6 Hrs. of daylight. I have doubled the output and Watt/Hrs. gathered with no complicated tracking system, or fancy electronics. This time NO smoke ....JUST MIRRORS. at Approx. 60 degrees off the panel it doubles the output, the sweet spot for reflecting the suns rays at noon TRIPLES the output. Maybe this is a Better way for us to go instead of swallowing that 50% increase Hydro is going to shove down our collective throats. I priced out quickly 1-150 watt panel for a house will replace one 15 amp circuit. With the nessasary batteries and inverter would cost less than a $1000.00...... times your current hydro bill by 12 months. Its just common sense/Cents. I will TELL you How to do this FREE. Or I can help you

Solar Dinghy News!!

21 July 2010 | Rebecca Spit Quadra Island
Sunshine
Hey great news!
We just took the Dinghy out and tried to Kill the battery with a long trip. I brought along the GPS to see how she would perform. Well the good news is that even when the battery is flat dead at 11 volts, the Solar panels still puts out enogh juice that the boat still keeps moving along at 2 knots. The surprise is that on a full charge the dinghy's speed is 3.3 knots (or 3.5 MPH.) The other surprise was we went all the way to Harriot Bay and back with a average speed of 2.5 knots!!! which is still faster than I row!!For a total distance of 3 nautical miles!and after that it just runs off the sun!!! The perfomance is very similar to our old 3hp Merc. Except that I dont have to fill her up! the sun does that for us and was completely recharged the next day by lunchtime.

Wow! Solar Dinghy

05 July 2010 | Port Mcneill
My wife and I are so excited about this simple and efficient solution to a stinky and HEAVY Outboard motor, that we have decided to Manufacture Solar+ mounting and wiring kits for dinghys so everone can GO GREEN and leave that stinker on the back rail. The motor is a 30lb. thrust electric Minn-Kota from West Marine ( About $130.00). The battery is a cheap group 72 from Canadian Tire in the battery box up front (about $75.00). Our kits will include the Solar panel, mounting kit, screws, voltage controller and wiring harness to finish out your MAINTENANCE FREE energy package!!

If you are interested in more details , comment here or drop us a line, solardingy@hotmail.com. Call us at 1-250-203-5480 we live in Campbell River B.C. and will reply ASAP. Happy Sailing!

Thanks Darren and Cindy
Vessel Name: Solar Powered Dinghy
Vessel Make/Model: 37' Dencho Choate
Hailing Port: Campbell River B.C.
Crew: Darren & Cindy Matwichuk
About: A Totally Green and viable alternative to outboard motors.
Extra: Help us get rid of gas powered outboards for something that is CHEAPER to run. ENVIROMENTALY clean and finally avaiable to everyone FREE. Just call 1-250-203-5480
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SOLAR DINGHY

Who: Darren & Cindy Matwichuk
Port: Campbell River B.C.