The Miami Science Barge, a 3,600-square foot floating marine lab and environmental education center docked in the Museum Park in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, was designed to focus on STEM education and sustainability initiatives. To support this unique project where innovation meets education, Sonnedix donated solar inverters, provided engineering support and coordinated the donation of energy storage equipment. “The Miami Science Barge embodies sustainability, and solar panels are a critical part of our identity. We are one of the few places in South Florida where the public are able to see solar energy at work and learn about how the Sunshine State should be a leader in harvesting this amazing renewable resource,” said Nathalie Manzano, Director of the Miami Science Barge.
The barge features three interconnecting zones which will educate visitors on several topics including living ecosystems, marine experiments, and renewable energy. 75 kWh of storage, enough for a total of 3 days’ worth of stored energy, will be contained on the barge, providing a cost savings of over $1,000 per year, which will be used towards ensuring that the Barge’s programs can be provided free to those with limited financial means. Andreas Mustad, Director and CEO of the Sonnedix Group of companies, said: “Spurring an interest in Miami’s youth regarding how easily a self-sustaining platform can be implemented, on even a limited footprint such as the science barge leaving ample room for the activities aboard, is something we are extremely proud to be a part of and one of several corporate social responsibility initiatives we are committed to supporting globally.”