Gallery: Aquarius Eco Ship Harnesses Wind And Solar Power For More Effi...

 

Commercial shipping is a crucial part of the world’s infrastructure – ships carry everything from high-tech electronics to basic foodstuffs. The industry accounts for 3 percent of all annual global emissions, so it makes sense to make shipping as efficient as possible. With that in mind, Japanese company Eco Marine Power has devised the Aquarius Eco Ship, which harnesses the power of the wind and sun to lighten its environmental impact.

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  1. chris offspring April 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

    @Anothervoice :
    Masted ships aren’t any good. They tilt too much. And (off-)loading is a pain because the masts are always there and thus always in the way.
    A MUCH better suggestion is to use SkySails:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkySails

    Those can use the much stronger winds that are at a higher altitude, tilt the ship a lot less and don’t interfere with loading and offloading of goods.

  2. Anothervoice April 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    With all of our computers, satellites and parametric analysis I’m guessing a classical masted ship with solar sails could be fully competitive in today’s market. Maybe even more so when you factor in the fuel cost relief of wind and solar. Fossil fuel maybe only for emergency backup. Batteries for in-port navigation and docking.

    I am anxiously awaiting the day.

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