FOLLOW THE JOURNEY OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND EARTH ONE
The Earth One journey has started! Born out of a vision of a cleaner, more sustainable way of engineering, Azura Marine Earth started the Earth One project. Follow in this blog the different stages of the project: Design phase, electrical components integration and testing, boat building, live testing, sea trials, maiden voyage till the voyage across the Indonesian archipelago!
Before Earth One sees the light on the shores of Indonesia, her little sister, Surya Namaskar – Sun Salutation in Sanskrit -, will circumnavigate around the island of Bali. With a similar technology on-board, she will serve as a test bench for larger boats like Earth One but also to demonstrate the readiness and reliability of solar electric propulsion, hoping that local communities will embrace this new form of sailing in tune with the elements and at no expense, both for the sea and financially. The different phases of the conversion of this traditional fishing boat “jukung” from petrol engine to solar electric will be documented in the blog below.
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Surya Namaskar has received a unique Balinese style paint, giving her a soul. She has been ornamented with the Balinese Barong “Naga Banda”, known as the guardian of temples and of families descending from the Great God. True piece of art by Balinese airbrush star artist @otheystarcostum.
Barong, the Balinese mythology monster, has been chosen to embellish the electric outboard engine of Surya Namaskar, "Manta 3.0". Barong is the Protector, the symbol of health and good fortune, a very auspicious design to power the electric motor of the first solar jukung in history!
A historical moment for Surya Namaskar and ecological boats in Indonesia at large, the first solar panel has been presented on the roof of the jukung!
Surya Namaskar is on her way to Benoa Bay! Here in her new den, surrounded by the cozy mangroves, she will undergo the final modifications to become the first solar jukung in history!
Surya Namaskar is now undergoing the conversion works to become the first ever solar powered jukung!
The Azura Marine "Manta 3.0" electric outboard motor of Surya Namaskar is ready for assembly! This electric outboard motor will propel Surya Namaskar around Bali and further. It is the perfect example that it is possible to turn outdated technology into the most modern and clean ones. Equipped with a high efficiency maintenance-free brushless direct current motor, a specifically designed propeller and many other unique features, this outboard motor will offer the equivalent of a 30 HP conventional engine while having no impact on the environment.
Converting a traditional boat from conventional gas engine to electric propulsion is not very complicated. However, we did not leave anything to chance for this first conversion and have remodeled entirely Surya Namaskar in 3D to ensure perfect design and execution of the works.
The modification of the outboard engine needed to replace the 2 stroke gas engine by an electric motor required detailed engineering. Each and every part has been modelled in 3D and all the tolerances of the assembly have been checked prior to issuing drawings for production.
Azura Marine Earth's main focus presently is on Surya Namaskar, the first solar electric eco-boat to circumnavigate around Bali. However, we like to use our know how to help others go blue (Blue is the new green 😉 and we have helped Serenity Eco-Guesthouse in Canggu, Bali turn their golf buggy solar. Thanks to the solar panels on the roof, the recharging intervals of the buggy will be incomparably longer...if recharging does not become superfluous altogether!
As much as we like to trust our partners and suppliers at Azura Marine Earth, nothing can be left to chance, especially when it comes to the solar panels. It is necessary to check all the panels before their installation onboard to guarantee the sun power will be converted into sufficient electrical power for Surya Namaskar's propulsion. Each panel has been numbered and an inventory made for all the 32 panels. This allows to calculate and predict the electrical power available from the solar roof of Surya Namaskar.
The semi-flexible solar panels have arrived! 32 pieces in total will cover the roof of Surya Namaskar and provide nearly 5 kW peak power allowing her to cruise at a constant speed of 5 knots (+/- 10 km/h) constantly between 08:00 till 17:00. At dawn and dusk and even at night, the battery pack will provide the electrical power with a range of 20 nautical miles (+/- 38 km)! The future of clean marine propulsion is en route and is unstoppable! Byebye little gas outboard engine (in the background) and thank you for the good services. You've been amazing over decades but your time has come to an end...
SURYA NAMASKAR IN SERANGAN Surya Namaskar has finally reached the shores of her profound transformation, Serangan Peninsula. Sailing her from Amed to Serangan was an emotional undertaking, realizing that this would be the very last time a noisy gas outboard engine would propel this boat. The jukung is now resting on the beach an the conversion works will take place in April & May 2017. Mostly the roof will be extended for the solar panel installation, fresh paint will be applied everywhere and a fiberglass hold will be added for the battery bank. The electric outboard motor meanwhile is being assembled in Ubud, at the heart of Bali.
SURYA NAMASKAR SAILING AT DAWN Surya Namaskar sailing at dawn, her bow pointing towards her grand fate: Becoming the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate Bali! Join the mission!
SURYA NAMASKAR - DOLPHIN BLESSING Since the dawn of human exploration of the seas, dolphins have been considered auspicious by sailors. Let these beautiful creatures spotted from aboard Surya Namaskar on her last trip be a blessing for her future fate! Join us in the preservation of marine life through the expansion of ecological boats, support our mission: www.azura-marine.com/participate
This is the first live test of the high efficiency 10 kW 48V brushless DC electric motor of Surya Namaskar, the first solar electric traditional fishing boat in Indonesian waters. Her heart is alive! Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we convert this boat into solar electric propulsion.
SURYA NAMASKAR - SOLAR POWERED "Surya Namaskar" is slowly becoming the first solar powered jukung that will sail the Balinese waters! Soon, this traditional fishing boat will soak in ardent sun rays and harvest their power with her 25 m² solar panel roof! Here’s a little digital impression of how she's going to look!
SURYA NAMASKAR MAIDEN VOYAGE Mission Surya Namaskar Bali has commenced on a high note. Her crew sailed the jukung all the way from Benoa Bay in the Southern Peninsula of Bali to Amed in the North East, a magnificent voyage of 55 nautical miles (about 100 km). Upon her arrival at her new base, Surya Namaskar has been warmly welcomed by the local fishermen Community among which curiosity arose as to her destiny: Becoming the first ever traditional Indonesian fishing boat to be solely powered by the sun and circumnavigating the Island of the Gods. Surya Namaskar is now peacefully resting on the beach while the Azura Marine Earth Team is putting together all the components necessary for her conversion to fully electric solar powered propulsion. Follow the journey of this extraordinary boat that will shine a light on the unlimited potential of renewable energies and their readiness to be enjoyed by all the People of the Sea. [...]
SURYA NAMASKAR ON THE DAY OF HER ACQUISITION Between February and June 2017, Surya Namaskar will be beached in Amed, North-East of Bali, and she will undergo some transformations of her roof and propulsion for the installation of solar panels, batteries, and electric motor. The works will be documented for easy follow-up and all technical information will be made available online in line with the “copyleft” philosophy of this project: The more we share insights and knowledge about clean energy technologies, the faster it will spread and the better of our Planet Earth!