Lyman Morse Offers ZeroBase Solar Unit

Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Co. is working towards becoming a "green company" recently winning awards for its commitment to energy efficiency by installing wind power, solar power and generators for many yachts built in the yard.   Now, they’ve partn...

13th August 2010.
By Zuzana Prochazka

Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Co. is working towards becoming a “green company” recently winning awards for its commitment to energy efficiency by installing wind power, solar power and generators for many yachts built in the yard.  

Now, they’ve partnered with Reluminati, a company offering energy conscious products using sustainable materials and built in the U.S..  The new Zero Base unit is a plug and play, easily deployable, solar power kit and what better people to build it than marine industry professionals?

ZeroBase™ can be used off the grid  on construction sites, cell phone towers, or any place that conventional power is not available.   On the grid, ZeroBase is a silent back-up  -  a quiet alternative always standing by, fully charged, and ready to work when needed.

ZeroBase™ is designed to integrate standard generators, solar, and wind power in one unit.  The box isn’t small as you can see from the pictures so you won’t just toss one on the foredeck of your Catalina 30.  But if you have a remote home where power outages are common, this might not be a bad addition to your emergency preparedness.  

There are two units – the H and Z series – and closed, the smaller H is roughly 6’x4’x3’.  It gets bigger when it’s “open” and the solar panels are deployed.

The H Series provides 3500 watts of power replenished by 600 watts of integrated solar panels, with battery back-up capability up to 28,800 watt hours of power. Expandable to 5000 watts of power replenished by up to 1kw of add-on wind power, 1.8 kw of add-on solar power and 12kw of add-on generator power.

The larger Z Series provides 3500 watts of power replenished by 1200 watts of integrated solar panels, with battery back-up capability up to 43,200 watt hours of power. Expandable to 5000 watts of power replenished by up to 1kw of add-on wind power, 1.8 kw of add-on solar power and 12kw of add-on generator power.


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Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.
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