April 8, 2015

All aboard

David Borton retired from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to work full-time on his business, which he calls Solar Sal. A former engineering professor, Mr. Borton enjoys speaking with Schodack students as much as working on his boat.

“This project has everything educationally,” Mr. Borton explains. “It has engineering, art, math, physics and solar energy. There’s chemistry with batteries used to store solar energy, mechanical energy to move the propeller and the boat has momentum.”
“It becomes more real to them to see a project that will be used on the Hudson River because we've spent a lot of time talking about local history, trade and travel on the Hudson River and the Erie Canal,” said Ms. Wollner.
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See photos of the project here.


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