Thrive II Preview

Cargo Ships Powered By Wind Could Cut Emissions By A Huge 90%

Posted by on November 21, 2020 in Eco-Friendly, Environment, Preparedness with 0 Comments

wind powered cargo ship
Image Featured: Oceanbird

By Anthony McLennan | Truth Theory

A Swedish company has developed a wind powered cargo ship prototype which has the potential to massively reduce global greenhouse emissions.

While the automobile industry is rapidly evolving to become less reliant on fossil fuel, commercial aviation as well as cargo shipping are lagging behind.

According to a report, commercial shipping contributes to close to three percent of annual greenhouse emissions.

So it’s clear to see why wind powered cargo ships could be such a game changer.

The prototype has been developed by a company called Wallenius Marine. They have been working in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Technology and SSPA, a naval technology company. The Swedish Transport Administration are assisting as a co-financier.

Although the prototype is still in the design phase, its hoped that orders can be taken from 2021 and that the final product will be available in 2024.

SO HOW WILL THE TECHNOLOGY WORK?

As Wallenius Marine state on their website, “The future started long ago.”

“Thousands of years have passed since we learnt to harness the wind so that ocean-going vessels could travel faster and further,” the statement continues. “The wind helped us discover our planet – now it can help us preserve it. Innovative Swedish technology will make it possible to power the largest ocean-going vessels by wind, reducing emissions by 90 percent.”

The wind power will be generated from five huge sails on board the ship, which has been called The Oceanbird.

These sails look like plane wings and will rise vertically from the deck, 80 meters upwards.

Mathematical algorithms will be used to adjust the sail placements in order to achieve maximum speeds. With these ongoing adjustments, a 200 meter long and 40-meter wide cargo vessel will be able to cross the Atlantic ocean in 12 days. This is while carrying up to 7,000 cars – it’s forecast to travel at 10 nautical miles per hour.

Currently, these journeys take eight days, but shipping companies have to pay a high premium for the heavy carbon footprint.

When it comes to docking at harbors, a clean fuel system together with an auxiliary engine will be used.

It’s possible that the wind-powered ships could also eventually be implemented in the Cruise ship industry.

 

 

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on YouTube

New Title

NOTE: Email is optional. Do NOT enter it if you do NOT want it displayed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

FAIR USE NOTICE. Many of the articles on this site contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making this material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental issues, human rights, economic and political democracy, and issues of social justice. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law which contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. If you wish to use such copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use'...you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. And, if you are a copyright owner who wishes to have your content removed, let us know via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the site, and we will promptly remove it.

The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Conscious Life News assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms.

Paid advertising on Conscious Life News may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied.
Top
Send this to a friend