The solar ship Orca ten Broke

The seminar ship is a passenger ship (200 pers.) located in Berlin, which can run on any European inland waterways. Because of the construction, it is ideal as a venue for a variety of events, particularly seminars. We rent the seminar ship and offer our guests a full service. We combine ship rental and event organization. Our activities are the design of routes, the reservation of berths, catering, event technology, shuttle service, hotel reservations and many other subjects. In the first contact we advise our customers and offer them the benefits they need. Everything from a single source!

The seminar ship is a synthesis of design and innovation. The innovations concern not only the energy and the environment part, they also affect the comfort and flexible options that other ships can’t offer.

The seminar ship has anchor piles. These are telescopic supports that can be lowered up to six meters in order to anchor the ship to the river bed. So you can park on the water or use sunbathing areas where there are no other options for mooring.

We value modern room design: tasteful, warm colors dominate the interior of the ship. A well thought-out lighting concept sets accents by means of direct and indirect lighting.

In addition, the interior space in the seminar ship is around half a meter higher than in conventional passenger ships. Nothing is oppressive, no one has to duck their head – the interior height of 2.6 meters, which is common in modern offices, supports the feel-good climate on board.

The seminar ship is like a low-energy house: with a wall thickness of 30 centimeters and triple-glazed panes, it is much better thermally insulated than a conventional ship. Our guests should feel comfortable here not only in summer, but also in icy winter temperatures. Both the environment and the organizer benefit from the low energy consumption.

In the wintertime with little sunshine, the engine is primarily used to charge the batteries. But the motor produces a lot of heat, which is fed into the underfloor heating and used to heat the domestic water. If the engine has a break because your guests prefer to stay in one place, there is a buffer tank on board with a volume of 1,500 liters of water. In this way, the energy of the motor is used optimally.

The seminar ship has air conditioning – in summer an energy-efficient heat pump extracts the heat from the room and transfers it to the water. In winter, this process is reversed: the heat from the river water is also used to heat the ship.

The sun, which charges the batteries, can be enjoyed by your guests in a deck chair on the roof terrace – either on one of the front sunbathing areas or in the shade of the solar modules, which are set up like a sun canopy and protect against wind and weather on cooler days.

Because the high ceiling was very important to us, we equipped the ship with a hydraulically adjustable solar roof. So we can also pass low bridges.

The ship’s solar system produces up to 32 kilowatts, which, when the weather permits, covers the entire energy requirement and charges the battery with a capacity of 250 kilowatt hours.

The solar radiation is not always enough to cover the energy demand. On such days, the hybrid electric drive has proven itself: The energy for the almost noiseless and vibration-free motor now comes from a purely vegetable fuel – it is already used and recycled vegetable oil, which is known as hydrogenated vegetable oil – HVO.

The seminar ship itself is barrier-free. The doors are wide enough. The ship has a spacious toilet with handles and an alarm button. – Please note: Access to the ship is not barrier-free. For more information and coordination, please contact us at: +49 30 233 293 0.

We have calculated it: If we were to cover our energy needs with fossil fuels, the annual CO² emissions with a driving profile in the waters of Zone 4 (e.g. Berlin) would be 12 tons of CO² per year. With a driving profile in the waters of Zone 3 (e.g. Rhine) with 400 tons of CO² per year. We save that with our solar system and the use of renewable vegetable raw materials.


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