ESPcat – Hydrogen Madness

When it comes to electricity, New Zealand finds itself in an enviable position compared to most of the world.  NZ presently gets 79% of its electricity from renewable sources including hydro, wind and geothermal.    The “enviable” part comes from the fact that New Zealand has an aluminum smelter that is scheduled to close in 2024.   […]

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ESPcat Crisis Strikes!

An existential crisis has struck the ESPcat (Electric Solar Powered Catamaran) project. I’m talking serious stuff; the kind of event that causes one to re-evaluate life’s purpose. Maybe I should never have tried to harness the power of the sun, simply to save the planet. Just look at that temperature gauge. 20 degrees C! You […]

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ESPcat Curvaceous Narrow Bottom

Just look at that lovely, curvaceous bottom. It reminds me of a Kylie Minogue music video! Those water molecules have no trouble sliding along that lovely hull causing almost no wave action at 8 knots. I finished the arduous task of cleaning and sanding the bottom and applying two coats of antifouling paint. I used […]

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