Recent testing of a wind technology project has confirmed at least 30% annual fuel and CO2 emissions saving for commercial shipping.
The most recent Windship Technology model was tested at the R. J. Mitchell Wind Tunnel at the University of Southampton. The wind tunnel test findings further validated the results of the latest Windship Technology CFD testing.
Simon Rogers, technical director at Windship Technology, said: “We are delighted with the results of the wind tunnel testing and they further illustrate how we will help the shipping industry to make a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. We are in discussions with potential development partners to build and install the prototype system.”
The solution, known as the Windship Auxiliary Sail Propulsion System (WASPS), uses fixed wing sail technology, whereby three 35m high masts installed on the deck of a vessel will each have three aerodynamic wings fitted to exploit the power of the wind. The system allows reductions in engine power to be made in order to achieve the same speed and so maximise fuel saving and emissions reduction.
Becker Marine Systems is joining the International Windship Association (IWSA) and bringing its WingSail project online.
The company is developing scalable wind propulsion units for commercial shipping.
“In line with the demands of modern shipping, we have combined highly efficient aerodynamics with a user-friendly smart control system and a low-maintenance structure for safe and reliable sailing,” stated Henning Kuhlmann, managing director of Becker Marine Systems. “To make sure our products disrupt the market, not ship operations, we took special care to develop folding solutions in conjunction with the sails.”
This design feature ensures that carrying the wings will not prevent the ship from entering air draft restricted areas or disturb loading operations.
Becker Marine are now searching for prototype application projects.
By Rebecca Jeffrey
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