14 Feb '12, 10pm

A Self-Sufficient, Solar-Powered Barge and Houseboat

A Self-Sufficient, Solar-Powered Barge and Houseboat

From this stunning wooden houseboat to an artist's tiny home on a converted fishing boat , I confess that I have long had a romantic yearning for life aboard a boat. This solar-powered Dutch barge, currently moored in London, has awakened those yearnings once more. © Bauhaus Barge Dubbed the Bauhaus , after both the band and the design school, the barge features ample natural day lighting, a full kitchen, bedroom and a lovely looking living room, it looks a lot more spacious than most London flats I have visited. But it's the 1.7kw PV system, combined with the electric motor , that make this really interesting. In fact its owner claims you can live and even cruise entirely off the power of the sun, so long as you do so efficiently: The boat is solar powered using a 1.7kw PV system which provide you in the current setup (London within zone 2) with enough energy to cruise or...

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