Solar & Wind Assisted Vessels (including cargo vessels)

Discussion in 'Hybrid' started by brian eiland, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. brian eiland
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    brian eiland Senior Member

    I've posted on a somewhat similar subject before, but this recent press release for solar/sail assisted cargo vessels desired a new subject thread.

    Here is what I posted before:
    http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/boat-design/new-age-trawler-motorsailer-kite-assisted-poweryacht-20319.html
    ...making use of this big ship technology being worked on by:
    SkySails

    Here is another recent notice:
    Back to the future? Solar and wind sails for cargo ships

    Back to the future for a new world of sailing ships? Solar Sailor, an Australian company specialising in renewable energy technologies, is negotiating to install its solar and wind power systems on a massive dry cargo ship that could be used to haul iron ore from Australia to China.

    Solar Sail Tanker.jpg
    'Solar sails on tanker - the concept'


    The equipment is likely to be similar - but on a more massive scale - to the zero-emission systems the company has installed on four dual-fuel passenger ferries operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

    Solar Sail Ferry.jpg
    'Solar Albatross' (pictured) is a 24 meter 100 passenger carrying catamaran ferry with its stow-able SolarSails.

    The boat service is between the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Kai Sai Chau Golf Club, ferrying golf club patrons to and from their three island based 18 hole courses off Hong Kong Island.

    ...more HERE
    http://www.sail-world.com/cruising/index.cfm?nid=88054&rid=11
     
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  2. Boston

    Boston Previous Member

    very cool Brian
     
  3. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    Very interesting, Brian.
    I look forward to seeing reports on the long-term fuel savings and whether it covers the
    installment costs, and recurring maintenance costs.
     

  4. Boston

    Boston Previous Member

    yup thats always the rub with any active solar system
     
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