RENEWABLE ENERGY ON BOARD

A big focus of this documentary is to highlight the effects of global warming. Not to be a barrage of information but more so we will explore the real-life implications on the ground in Greenland. With such a modest footprint on their own environment they now see the Arctic warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. The results of these changes are reflected in a very visual and visceral way through their everyday existence. Reduced frozen sea ice has led to significant changes in hunting, fishing and dog sled transport, and sled dog numbers plummeting by 60% in the last 10 years.

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Photo Credit - Dúlra Photography

Renewable Energy Generation

While shooting this documentary, the 50-foot aluminium-hulled yacht called The Killary Flyer will be our transport and accommodation for 90 days. Living aboard a boat for any extended period one must be very conscious of resource use. Everything is in limited supply, so food, water and energy usage must be very well planned and organized. It certainly make you think if we as individuals, and as a nation, could adopting this mentality in the everyday it would surely have a positive impact on resource consumption.

Onboard the Killary Flyer, an effort has been made to harness renewable energy source wherever possible.

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SOLAR

Photovoltaic cells on the roof of the cabin harness the suns energy to provide much of our energy needs

WIND/HYDRO

At the stern we have Dual Generator, this can be used to convert both wind and hydro power into energy for the boat. This renewable energy generator has been specifically designed for use aboard yachts, when under way, in a harbour or at anchor the wind mode is operated. The water mode can be deployed when the yacht is under way or at anchor in flowing water.

PRESSURE COOKER & THERMAL COOKER

Two very simple and yet very effective ways to save gas when cooking. We will be using a pressure & thermal cooker throughout our trip, this can reduce our gas usage by up to 70% when compared to cooking without.

ALUMINIUM

Jamie originally chose an aluminium-hulled yacht for multiple reason, as an expedition vessel one of these reasons was of course its strength and durability. However, another big factor was the fact that an alloy boat is endlessly recyclable. The hope being that at its end of life it wouldn’t add to the boat graveyards of fibreglass yachts that often clutter rivers.

Yachts made from fibreglass composites originally became so popular due to their lower cost and their strength to weight ratio. A big disadvantage, is the difficulty of processing this material for reuse when your boat has been put into retirement. However, that being said, their has been some progress made recently towards recycling fibreglass which is positive.

KILLARY ADVENTURE CENTER

Killary Adventure Center, Jamie’s family business which he founded 1980, makes every effort to renewable and sustainable forms of energy to run this busy center. Now using 100% renewable gas from Calor.