Swedes to construct wind-powered transatlantic freight ship (yes, it’s a sailboat)

Wind is great. It’s proving to be among the most useful kinds of renewable energy of our generation and is assisting nations minimize reliance on coal and fossil fuels to create power.

When it pertains to wind, in many cases we require to utilize massive turbines to transform moving air into kinetic energy that can then be transformed into electrical energy utilizing inverters and generators. That power then finds its way straight to the grid to charge our electrical cars and trucks and boats, or we can save it in batteries to use later.

That’s all kind of cumbersome, it takes a lot of energy and time to develop wind farms and facilities, which then comes with an upkeep overhead. Picture if we could harness the power of wind straight.

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Consider it, why spend all that money and time when we can simply have our automobiles or boats moved forward by the wind?

We might put substantial pieces of product, like fixed kites, to capture the wind and drag ourselves forward. In reality, that’s what one group of Swedish engineers has made with its newest vehicle carrying sea vessel.

A Swedish consortium consisting of the KTH Royal Institute of Innovation in Stockholm, maritime consultancy SSPA, and lead by ship designers Wallenius Marine has actually developed the wind Powered Automobile Carrier, or wPCC for brief.

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Credit: wPCC – Wallenius Marine
The wPCC uses 4 sails or wings installed on its roofing to catch the wind and move it forward. It’s not as fast as fossil fuel freight ships, however it’s significantly greener.

It’s a transatlantic ship capable of carrying up to 7,000 vehicles and decreasing emissions for the crossing by 90%. And it’s powered straight by wind. Look at those huge fins on top of it, I’m going to call them sails.

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The consortium reckons that the wPCC needs to be prepared for its maiden cruising voyage by2024 Ideally, it’ll still be windy by then.

The only downside of utilizing wind power is that it will take about twice as long to cross the Atlantic. Generally, cargo ship journeys take 7 days, the wPCC would take about 12.

For security reasons, and for getting in and out of harbor, the boat does have additional engines. It appears the boat’s designers are yet to fully nail down this element, but it will ideally utilize electric motors to maintain its sustainable ethos.

Designers say its 200 meters long, 40 meters large, and 100 meters high, including the sails.

If you wish to follow the development of the wPCC, you can maintain to date over on the Wallenius Marine blog site

While the consumer world is forging ahead to cleaner forms of transportation, the industrial world is still dragging, especially sea-bound haulage. It’s terrific to see such development to develop sustainable transport of the future.

Honestly, I can’t think we didn’t think about this faster. Oh, wait …

HT– The Driven

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