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Project: Z-NEV (Zero-Net Energy Vessel)

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Presented By KoKa Media
Goal Transform a 91-year old yacht into a zero-net energy vessel
Task Contribute to the design and innovation of all systems
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Welcome to Project: Z-NEV! All are welcome here no matter where you are in the world. This Meetup group meets in physical locations in Portland, Oregon (USA) as well as through interactive virtual technologies with participants around the globe.

We're inviting the world to participate in an open-source project to turn a 91-year-old, 82-foot wooden yacht named Denali into Z-NEV; the worlds first open-source zero-net energy vessel that will serve as a learning laboratory where people of all ages can learn about STEM concepts. This project is more about the journey than the destination. We want to learn about all kinds of things through this experience. Z-NEV will teach us a lot about a new pedagogy that is developing through the VR world, collaborative problem solving and much more.

Our team currently has several scientists, engineers, naval architects, boat builders educators, students, companies, schools and participants from around the world.

Please visit our website to learn more about Z-NEV ( and sign up on our Basecamp project ( to be involved in the design discussions.

We look forward to learning and innovating with you!

Project Timing We have an open-door participation policy. All are welcome to participate in any form, any frequency and any duration.
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Special Skills Naval architecture, engineering, materials science, energy storage, energy production, fluid and thermal dynamics, biomimicry, computer science, programming, mechatronics, robotics, makers, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, CAD, design, ship building, zero energy, renewables, clean tech.
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, At school, Exclusively online, At home
Tags clean tech, collaboration, energy, energy observer, historic restoration, maritime, northwest, ocean, oceanographic, oceanography, oregon, pacific, portland, problem solving, project, renewable energy, renewables, research, seattle, stem, vancouver, vessel, washington, zero emissions, zero energy, zero-energy vessel, znev, z-nev
Project Updated 05/23/2018