Kite-Powered Ships


From the Telegraph via Neatorama

Inventor Stephan Warge has devised a 160 sq meter kite, based on kitesurfing rigs, that can be attached to commercial ships to reduce diesel consumption. Warge figures the SkySail can reduce fuel consumption by 20% ($1600 a day). The new sail will be tested this Tuesday aboard the 462ft cargo vessel MS Beluga on a voyage from Germany to Venezuela.

You can view a great animation of the whole deployment and utilization process here.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 comments on “Kite-Powered Ships
  1. Having been on a 54′ fishing boat in 12′ seas during a tropical storm, I can say with some authority that I’d take a 462′ ship over a small boat any day! In all seriousness, the first thought for those ships in bad weather is safety, cargo, then cost savings, and in that order — my guess is that these sails would be stowed by the ships during anything but (relatively) flat seas.

  2. i never saw thing like that. Wow, amazing… masterminds :) Im not sure about full trip working but we will see. 160 sq/m not so big. On the picture looking bigger

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