Swimming, powered by the sun!
Do we need electricity at EXPEDITION SWIM? Not for the swimming since we will simply jump into the natural ponds. But there are a couple of elements that rely on electricity: pumps for the showers, a fridge, a computer for the registrations, tools and cameras. Since EXPEDITION SWIM takes place in three parks, it’s not evident to find a source for electricity. Points to connect to the public network are often far away. Generators that run on gasoline don’t match with our ambition of a eco-friendly swimming experience with respect to the nature and neighborhood. What’s left? Solar energy!
In Mechelen, between Brussels and Antwerp, we found ZON OP WIELEN (sun on wheels), a team of 7 guys who were faced with a similar question some years ago. They organize summer camps in the nature for scouts and other youth organizations and wondered how they can power the fridges that they need for food and drinks without a socket at hand or without the noisy generators. Why can’t you use the energy of the summer sun? A simple question and a straightforward answer: after some prototypes they built themselves a trailer with fridges in the back that serves as the point of energy at their camps. Solar panels fold from the side and top towards the sun, batteries store the energy for the nights and cloudy days. It even produces enough electricity for some shower pumps and light and music installations. The trailer is now used for own events but also rented to other organizations.
Their experience convinced us to work with them on the electricity installation for EXPEDITION SWIM. We are looking forward to provide you a fresh shower and a cool drink!
If you have a similar question, contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org and have a look at their website: www.zonopwielen.be