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Lab of Misfits
barge stones

This installation is part of the Street scienceprogramme



The barge

The most important, usable surface of a narrow-boat is its top deck. Installing a standard solar panel system on this deck would therefore compromise one’s enjoyment of their boat (limiting for instance, walking, BBQ-ing, relaxing, etc). The Solar Stones, however, aren’t a standard system, since they are designed specifically for such spaces where continual access is essential.

Sitting in London’s Regents Canal (in Hackney) is a narrow-boat where all its energy is renewable. The owners of this boat commissioned Lab of Misfits to install its first generation Solar Stones, which trickle-charge the boats rechargeable battery system. The images here show the installation process, which was completed in May, 2009.

Visuals from installation

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