Off-Grid Mansion in the Ocean

what do you get when you combine a luxury yacht an off-grid house and a waterfront villa well add in just a dash of tesla and one part deepsea oil rig and you've got the arc up livable yacht [Music] the arkup is a solar-powered self-sufficient electrically propelled floating mansion that can transform any harbor in the world into prime waterfront real estate a masterpiece of sustainable engineering this four bedroom floating home rests on a set of retractable hydraulic legs that anchor to the seabed and completely stabilize the vessel even lifting it out of the water if you get bored of the view you have the freedom to lift off and use silent electric motors to cruise somewhere else for a change of scenery i recently got the opportunity to go on board the arkup 75 and get a tour of its innovative features from co-founder and ceo nicholas duran we crawl into a bunch of compartments look at all types of gauges and discuss the green technology behind the sleek glass facade of this forward-looking vessel come aboard at a length of 75 feet with 4 350 square feet of living space achieving energy independence on board the arc up is no easy task the battery system provides power for all on-board systems home appliances and electric propulsion let's check in with nicholas and learn more about it so the battery it's one key element of the boat right the boat's completely solar powered so it's really like the the heart of the vessel and all the systems that are integrated the type of battery we use are lithium-ion batteries the choice of the the vendor the supplier for these batteries for usb was really important was key because we really wanted the batteries to have a long lifespan be very safe and reliable in their design and technology so we partnered with a company from canada called the corvus energy they usually provide these batteries for commercial vessels so hybrid ferries or fishing boats so it's really for industrial commercial applications that these batteries have been designed we have 182 kilowatt-hour that's the storage capacity there's two racks of battery cells that are stored in the electrical room below deck each rack has about 16 cells and each cell can be removed or replaced separately so with a full charge of battery let's say on a regular day sunny day like today i mean it's we have a kind of daily cycle where we recharge the battery with the sun every day but if there's completely no sun so just rain and clouds for several consecutive days the battery will provide energy to the floating house two to three days depending on how many people live on on board at that time and how they manage the energy consumption at least two days guaranteed if you saw the arc up docked in the marina you might find it hard to believe that this is an actual seaworthy drivable vessel but the arc up comes equipped with two 100 kilowatt azimuth electric thrusters and a bow thruster that provides silent and vibration free electric propulsion the houseboats large rectangular roof acts as an ideal platform to harvest solar energy but the vessel's shape creates a trade-off for propulsion efficiency in terms of speed so this boat is quite slow very maneuverable but quite slow and it's not really related to the propulsion itself more to its design so it's a it's a large hull with a flat bottom and it's a heavy structure with a lot of wind edge it's kind of a box on top of it so that kind of data means that the maximum speed so we have uh cruising speeds of two to three knots and maximum speed of five to six knots the range depends on on the weather conditions like i said on a sunny day between noon and 2 p.m you can actually sail without draining any of your power stored in the battery so what you produce with the solar array will be enough to make the the propellers work and and propel the vessel but generally speaking we have a range of 10 to 15 nautical miles that can vary a lot depending on the use of the vessel so if we had full speed uh probably after one hour we will run out of power and therefore you you have a five to eight nautical mile range let's say and if we sail like with the sun we can have a 20 nautical marriage set atop the archops 2400 square foot roof the solar panel system consists of 110 325 watt panels that generate 36 kilowatts of power considering the size of your average home solar installation is about 7 kilowatts this is quite a large system mounted on a permeable rainwater collection membrane these panels are firmly anchored to the roof and wired directly into the ship's inverter controller while docked at the marina the ship can also run offshore power and charge its batteries in the small low-lying nation of the netherlands water has played a central role in the lives of its inhabitants since the earliest settlers learned how to pump out their land to make way for tulip fields with much of the nation below sea level and gradually sinking the dutch know a thing or two about water-based building born of these dutch roots in shipbuilding and architecture the arkup was designed by water studio nl under the leadership of sustainable design veteran old toys inspired by dutch floating communities the experimental concept envisions the future of aquatic living and addresses the issues of urban growth rising seas and dependence on fossil fuels being on board the arc up you might forget you're on a boat as it feels like a spacious luxuriously outfitted modern home designed to be one with the natural surroundings balconies terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows always remind you you're at sea and a retractable terrace creates plenty of outdoor space the vessel is 75 feet long and 32 feet wide and weighs in at 268 tons with 2 700 square feet of total indoor space and 1 650 square feet of outdoor space the archop's voluminous cuboid shape creates the same livable space as a 110 foot yacht built on a steel hole and superstructure and outfitted with impact resistant windows the arc up is built to withstand category 4 hurricanes its durability being an important component to its intended purpose as a future proof dwelling centered on an open floor plan living room the spacious two-level floating villa prioritizes space and comfort the bottom level contains a full living room a fully equipped open concept kitchen crew cabin two bathrooms and a small office area when the vessel is docked the sliding outdoor deck creates one of the coolest backyards in miami upstairs three bedrooms with full bathrooms and two spacious balconies create a comfortable living space aboard the vessel for up to eight people one of the days i was filming the house was being rented by a large family and as part of the arkup experience the crew took them out of the marina for a cruise through biscayne bay to spend the night anchored in a new location notice how the arc up remains completely still in comparison to all the rocking boats floating around that's because it's not floating at all a key feature of the archop is its sophisticated system for elevating the vessel completely above the water level and making it feel as stable as a house on land the four 40-foot long hydraulic pilings or spuds in marine terminology level the floating home creating a sturdy foundation in depths up to 20 feet in addition to the added security and rough weather this system eliminates the effect of the rolling of the sea and for those affected by it seasickness the technology is actually borrowed from the offshore drilling industry the controls for the spuds as well as all controls related to navigation are located on the boat's helm station let's take a look so on this part of the helm station on the left side we have the controls of the anchoring and self-lifting system so this is the shape of the barge of the hull and the four spuds the four anchors and each joystick controls one of these pads the anchors can be controlled simultaneously the four at one time to lift or lower the vessel or they can also be controlled independently and that will enable us to fine-tune the the leveling of the boat and make sure it's completely horizontal all right so this is the other side of the hem station where we have all the controls related to navigation so really like a boat so those are the controls for the electric thrusters the two pods that we have at the stern they rotate 180 degrees so this is the control to steer the boat we also have a bar thruster to improve the maneuverability and then we have anchoring lights navigation lights on vhf radio to communicate with other other boats the bridges coast guards and so on let's head inside to take a look at the ship's dashboard so this screen is like the brain of the vessel so that what gives us all the information we need with regards to all the resources on board and all the the power management we have the exact same screen at the helm station and here inside the boat we can also have access to all the information so on this screen specifically those indicators are more related to navigation that would be the the speed and direction of the electric thrusters we have information about the wind this is information about the fresh water capacity so how much autonomy we have with fresh drinking water this is what we how much of the holding tank we're using so that's going to tell us when we need to do a pump out and empty that tank and that here is the charge of the the battery so right now the battery is fully charged this other screen uh that would tell us how much solar power we would generate if the battery was not fully charged or the boat connected to shore power and how much hotel loads or energy we're consuming on the vessel so that basically gives us how much autonomy we have with regards to to power to energy then we have indicators for different alarm systems so those right dots here are related to the propulsion system which is currently shut down but that gives us information about the battery system the inverter uh all the smoke data detectors the build sensors in the in the in the hull that tells us basically if anything is wrong with the system or other sensors that we have on board and ensures the safety of the vessel and that gives us the pitch and roll of the vessel so basically to make sure it's properly leveled the ship's modular hull accommodates separate technical compartments for hydraulic electrical and water related equipment let's go below deck and take a look inside so so that's the that's the electrical room here and the battery room so let's say the the main technical compartment of the vessel since we don't have any generator or diesel engine or anything on board so there in the back you can see the lithium battery so those two racks that was mentioning from corvus energy in the middle ideal power that's the inverter so that's what actually manages the the energy that comes from the solar panels and transfers it to the battery to be stored and then also redirects the energy from the battery to the propulsion this here is just some controls and the battery management system but basically that's the kind of interface between everything interface between the solar panels the inverter and the battery system on this side here we have lots of breakers so to make sure every everything's completely safe there's also a very interesting lightning protection system on the boat [Music] in miami there's there's plenty of uh of storms and a lot of lightning so uh when we're on the water that's very important for the boat to be protected for that so this is one of the technical compartments that's the water room as we call it all those compartments are equipped with the ventilation system sensors bilge pumps etc so very safe and on this one here for instance we have a pump system for the ballast so we have four ballasts at each corner of the hull that we can empty or fill with water to make sure the boat is leveled when it's floating on when it's in the water not when it's on the spreads we have a water heater system here on this system there's also in its design it's also optimized to minimize the energy consumption so there's kind of a heat exchanger between the water heater and the electric room or battery room cooling system and then on the other side behind this wall we have a 4 000 gallon tank for fresh water so that's where all the the rain water that's collected on the roof with the drain comes and then there's a filtration system here so in total we have eight levels of filtration eight different filters so that's the main pump and then you see different filters carbon filter and then the uv lights so we produce our own drinking water onboard [Music] so this is a storage compartment this is the shore power cable i was mentioning we have the option of connecting to shore power just to run the boat or or charge the battery whenever we want so that's where we do that those are the uh fresh water tank outlet so plugs to fill the fresh water tank with the hose if in case it's not raining enough for for several consecutive weeks and here that's where we do pump outs so on this boat there's basically two possibilities the way it's set up now all the black and grey water is just stored into a 4 000 gallon holding tank and then once or twice a month we do a pen part at the marina to empty that tank or we have space and it's already prepared to install a marine sanitation device and that will process the black and grey water with a bacteria and biological system so that the water is after being treated is clean enough to be discharged into the ocean i've had the opportunity to check out a few different solar yachts for this channel and while all i want to talk about is the range top speed and all the fun stuff i've noticed a common theme that the ship's engineers are always obsessed with climate control so when when you asked me about the challenges of design i mean the challenges of the project generally speaking but in terms of technical design engineering being able to minimize the the energy consumption on board was really key to uh to guarantee that the boat could operate off the grid in most cases and and would provide the maximum range the main things that that consume energy on board are the propulsion only when the boat's under navigation the ac and then the lights and appliances which is like very low because it's all led lighting and and all very low consumption high-end appliances so the ac is a is a big challenge because we want to we want to be able to have the temperature that we want on board that we don't want to suffer with that and and and at the same time that cannot drain the energy of the battery so we had several several things we did for that in terms of ac configuration we used a split system and have like seven different zones that we can adjust separately or independently independently onboard the vessel the other thing was related to directly the the design and insulation of the boat so we have a closed cell cell foam that we use to insulate the exterior walls and the ceilings and the floors and we have minimum six inches of cloth cell foam all over the place so that that's a great way to to guarantee a good ins thermal insulation for the interior space and the other are the windows so we use impact windows and they have like double pane um argon gas in between to help also getting a better thermal insulation and what they call a low e coating so that's kind of a thin metal layer that helps reflecting the sun and also improving the insulation [Music] everywhere the arc up goes it's an instant attraction as the hulking vessel sailed through biscayne bay it was surrounded by a swarm of onlookers who just had to get up closer for a photo in person the arc up is visually striking like a modern miami mansion lifted from its foundation and plopped into the water currently on sale for five and a half million dollars it also carries a miami mansion price tag arkup is currently producing more of these ships on custom order and you can have your very own fully configurable arc up starting at a price of two million two hundred sixty seven thousand dollars the original arc up 75 featured in this video is actually available for rent in miami on airbnb and i've included a link in the description if you're interested in booking a stay being on board the arc up is certainly a unique luxury experience but the company's mission has deeper aspirations with sea level rise here in southeast florida projected to be 6 to 10 inches by 2030 and 14 to 26 inches by 2060 arkup intends to develop water-based housing solutions to address the impending climate crisis they ultimately hope to create more affordable models for the average family and even develop floating neighborhoods if you enjoyed this video please give it a like and subscribe to our channel we showcase cutting edge sustainable technology you may be 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