Gallery: Could Boiling the Sea Make Shipping by Boat More Efficient?


This is probably the most peculiar method we have heard of to make commercial shipping more efficient, but scientists from the University of Melbourne in Australia and the King Abdullah University in Saudi Arabia believe that boiling the sea could be a viable way to achieve that goal. Scientists believe they can reduce the amount of fuel a tanker uses by implementing a centuries old scientific method called The Leidenfrost Effect which occurs when one sprinkles water into a boiling hot frying pan. Read on to see how they plan to apply this phenomenon to ships sailing the ocean.

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  1. Anon1111 June 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Hell no. They’d be boiling the marine wildlife. I am totally against this.

  2. lazyreader June 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Global shipping accounts for 3 percent of the emissions. All in all that’s rather efficient. Putting more freight on each ship, that’s efficient. Keeping the hull clean of objects and barnacles, streamlining the ships they build. Why not lube the ships hulls with KY jelly for smooth sailing.

  3. shaw June 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    It will actually be more interesting to see how people equate biological effects with energy saving.

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