THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CONSTRUCTION OF ITS KIND
Both movable and durable. It is truly a marvel of modern design and architecture. It is a unique development in construction that may be the solution to many challenges facing the mode world today. The Unit takes the shape of a “swimming ring”, where the exterior facade opens up to the surroundings, while the inner ring forms a secluded sanctuary around an enclosed pool. The resort is designed to the highest safety standards and environmental performance criteria; and will be as energy neutral or positive by use of energy efficient systems and renewable power such as solar power, heat recovery systems etc. Own desalination plant, based on Norwegian offshore technology makes the unit self-sustainable with water.
The main success criteria for the Unit are:
- Safety & security
- Designed and equipped for uniqueness in attraction and branding
- Meeting customer needs and reflecting local ambience
- Ease of maintenance
- Functionality and efficient logistics
- Environmental friendliness / green footprint
- Consistent quality of accommodation and equipment
- Attractive working environment
- Mobility (relocation possibilities of the Unit)
- Additional features such as sound and light effects, performance staging and aquaculture etc.
- BROVA IDEA is evaluating a number of projects, where use of novel technologies is the common denominator in finding solutions to challenges modern world is facing.
- The first “ The Brova Pearl”, a floating hotel, is contracted and is in the process of being realized and an EPC contract with a Norwegian Yard is expected to be entered into over the next 3-6 months. With second and third in negotiation phase.
- Concept design and development is being undertaken with leading Norwegian firms of Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen As and leading naval architect YSA AS – Petter Yran.
- The Hotel operations will be managed by a company under formation headed by Adrian Zech, founder of Regent International Hotels and Aman Resorts.
- Brova Idea has agreed export finance support with Norwegian Eksport Kreditt subject to final contract.
- The main rationale for the floating hotel concept and construction methodology are based on the following:
- Land next to the sea is generally built-up and development sites there are often too expensive or unavailable
- No need for local infrastructure and possible to move unit in the event of adverse political or other developments
- The base structure will be made of concrete and will include parking space, infrastructure, spa/gymnasium and certain other hotel functions. The units will be designed so that it can be readily situated off the coast line, close to residential or other centres, but also in remote areas if so desired.
- The superstructure that generally consists of a higher ground floor, above which is a multi-storey structure within which are planned cabins, apartments, hotel rooms as required, penthouses being located at roof level.. The base structure encloses a space making up a “square” or “piazza” onto which can provide room for restaurants and shops and other communal areas such as a swimming pool.
Four most important facts:
1) Safe, durable and indestructible
- The universal floating platform for all Brova construction
- Concrete is glued stone, and very strong. As concrete is cast, it is moldable, to any shape.
- Concrete structures may be designed for any purpose and the concrete material also. By varying the constituent materials one can obtain light concretes and heavy concretes, weak and strong.
- Concrete is exceptionally durable, when designed and built properly. Brova floating platforms have a life of more than 200 years. Strength increases with time.
- North Sea concrete platforms are designed to resist impacts of tanker ships, at full speed. So is Brova’s double hull is additional safety and makes the platform virtually unsinkable.
- There are more than 3 million cubic meters of offshore concrete structures for the oil and gas industry in the world; Brova’s partner Dr.Techn.Olav Olsen has designed approximately 2/3 of them.
- The Pantheon – a concrete structure, is almost 2000 years old
2) Environmentally friendly. 100% green.
RECYCLING OF ORGANIC MATERIAL
All waste will be recycled on site. Brovas constructions have a state of the art process and program to recycle ALL waste
Water cleaning, food waste and sewage.
- The leftovers from food processing and restaurants plus the sewage is being transported with vacuum to a composting unit connected to a dewatering unit separating water and solids.
The solids are led direct into the composter which also is open for manually feeding of cardboards, papers, magazines, wood (clean), flowers, grass, garden waste etc.
The composter transforms the solids into a rich and powerful compost/fertilizer.
- The weight and volume is minimized with minimum 80%. This compost will/can be used to fertilize all plants within the hotel, and the rest donated to local farmers for usage.
- The waste water is cleaned for a new outdoor use or led direct into the sea or soil.
The vacuum system consists of toilets and transportation.
- The system is nearly soundless.
3) – Energy self sustainable – energy active
Brova has all energy needs covered on site. The system is a combination of solar power and kinetic power plants. The construction is a so called energy active construction.
- The system is 100 % emission-free: no CO2, no NOX
- The system is 100 % energy self-sufficient: require no inputs
- Kinetic Power Plants (KPP) are pneumatic systems where kinetic energy is generated through a combination of buoyancy, gravity and cavitation. The system includes an exclusive generator, air compressor, and circuit controller. A series of lifting bodies attached to a gear system rises in a tank filled with water, and are injected with pressurized air to increase upthrust. Micro bubbles are injected at the downfall side, which increases the downfall speed of the bodies (Cavitation). The generator then works as a brake to keep the speed of the lifting bodies under control, such that the system can self-loop (keep itself running), while also producing excess energy for base load power production
- Brova’s partner KI-tech is involved in the whole process of construction and servicing of the modules.
- Solar energy – many areas of the structure are covered by elegant Solar Hybrid Panels. Photovoltaic thermal hybrid solar collectors, sometimes known as hybrid PV/T systems or PVT, are systems that convert solar radiation into thermal and electric energy. These systems combine a solar cell, which converts sunlight into electricity, with a solar thermal collector, which captures the remaining energy and removes waste heat from the PV module. The capture of both electricity and heat allow these devices to have higher energy and thus be more overall energy efficient then solar photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal alone
4) – All water self sustainable
- Brova’s desalination system produces drinking water from sea water based upon the reverse osmosis membrane technique.
- The quality of the drinking water is continuously monitored, and will somewhat vary depending of quality (pollution) of input water.
- It is the same desalination type plant used on major cruise ships and Norwegian offshore installations.