2/21/17 We wish a huge congratulations to Rich Wilson as he crosses the finish line of the 2016/2017 Vendée Globe. Not only did he become the oldest skipper to complete the race, but he also beat Bruce’s record by almost 3 days landing him the record time for an American solo circumnavigation. We are so happy for Rich and are thankful that we were able to play a tiny part in the action by providing the solar, battery and monitoring systems to Great American IV. Check out more details here: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/18933/rich-wilson-takes-thirteenth-place
Since 11/05/16 Read about the Vendēe Globe action at the official race website. OceanPlanet Energy is proud to have systems aboard Hugo Boss, Great American IV, & Finistère Mer Vent. Congratulations to all competitors for a job well done!
7/12/16 Here is a great article about 2 anglers, a common idea and the formation of Solar Performance. They utilize the Solbian AllinOne to keep their bass boat’s batteries charged. http://www.bassfan.com/news_article/7633/harnessing-solar-power-on-the-water#.WHUjiPkrJdg
05/18/16 Bruce went for a sail with the Alex Thompson Racing team on Hugo Boss to take a look at the new OPE-Li3 installation and have some fun. Here is what he had to say:
Although I’ve been twice RTW (02/03 Around alone, 04/05 Vendee) I don’t often get the chance or have the time to get on the newer boats. Although…we at OceanPlanet Energy have been able to supply both Rich Wilson and Alex Thomson with lithium batteries and other gadgets. Early last year was able to do a short trip with Rich on GA4, which was great. But of course being here in Maine we don’t often get the latest IMOCA 60’s here.
So when when I heard from from Alex Thomson, and Tom Robinson (of Osprey Technical, a great UK outfit and dealer for our new OPE-Li3 batteries) that they would be working on Hugo Boss and test sailing out of Newport last week….I had to make the 4hr drive to Newport Shipyard, starting at 4am from Woolwich, ME. It was worth it, both for the opportunity to review some systems/charging details, and of course to see the amazing new semi-foiling IMOCA 60 in action.
Wow. I was in a daze much of the time, awed by the boat and equally impressed by Alex and his great ATR team. Here are some photos, which do little justice to the sensation of a 60ft boat semi-flying with 8+ feet of bow flying clear above the water, in only about 12kts of wind. Of course one worries about hitting something hard with the foils (works of art), however the speed advantage and sensation is irresistible if one wants to win the Vendee Globe. Which I think Alex has a very good chance of doing.
03/04/16 A look at flexible solar technologies by Advanced Textiles Source featuring Luca Bonci of Solbian Energy Alternative. http://advancedtextilessource.com/2016/03/let-there-be-flexible-light/
06/30/15 Another great new Solbian product launch that REALLY WORKS…and for a wider market than marine…Bruce has a prototype in the office and it quickly charges a phone or tablet with solar power…not one of those wimpy “solar chargers” that don’t do much…the Energy Flyer is a real powerhouse, using SunPower high-efficiency cells. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/energy-flyer–2#/story
06/2015 Daniel Theobald of Cambridge, MA converts a VW bus to electric power and uses Solbian solar panels for charging. Check out the details here: Electric VW bus
01/26/15 Bruce did a podcast interview about the Vendee Globe, etc. with Andy Schell of 59 North. Check it out here…59-north.com/sailfeed/2014
01/15/15 Solbian’s newest innovation is now in production. The Solbian SP ALLinONE series features the highest efficiency Sunpower cells paired with MPPT solar charge controllers and constructed into Solbian’s standard flexible backing. It is the simplest way to install a solar array. The 2 cables coming from the panel go directly to your battery. Cantact us for more information on this new product.
9/10/2014– Solbian panels to be used for the award winning Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project…http://www.marinelink.com/news/shortlisted-marine-power376791.aspx
Old News is Still Interesting News:)
Check out Bruce’s collection of stories, blogs, and articles describing his adventures from the Around Alone race in 2003 all the way through his Vendée Globe Race and finally to the creation of his new business in Maine.
Also, take a look at some of these Sailing Anarchy updates from Bruce.
Bruce answers a Sailing Anarchy question about batteries…http://sailinganarchy.com/tag/ocean-planet/
Bruce checks in with Sailing Anarchists about the status of OceanPlanet Energy…http://sailinganarchy.com/2014/02/18/no-worries/
Updates from the Field
Rich Wilson just completed the 2016 Vendee Globe solo non-stop Round the World Race aboard his Open 60 Great American IV. Maine Yacht Center completed a major electrical refit of GA IV including Genasun GLi, Philippi monitoring, and Solbian solar. Check out his educational website. www.sitesalive.com
The Alex Thompson Racing team finished second in the 2016/2017 Vendee Globe starting on November 6th 2016. During the recent refit, Hugo Boss was equipped with the new OPE-Li3 marine lithium battery system.