Kite traction for motor ships - An automated system to save up to 20% of fuel for transportation vessels
Beyond the Sea is developing a kite propulsion system to reduce fuel consumption and gas emissions in maritime transport. Today, shipping accounts for 90% of world trade and emitted 1,046 million tonnes of CO2 in 2007. Today, most ship owners are facing a decline in revenue in a competitive market due to the changing price of oil. By using wind as a source of energy, equipped ships will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as part of the energy used will be renewable. The kite, in addition to helping to propel the boat, will reduce fuel consumption. Studies show that 20% of the fuel will be saved at constant speed. Depending on the desired speed, the engine can be turned off completely, and the boat will then use only the wind - a free and environmentally friendly source of energy - for propulsion.
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