Wind blows cargo ships on course for energy conservation
The shipping industry transports the majority of trade worldwide and represents a growing sector. As it depends on fossil fuels, it remains a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. The EU has long pushed for a solution, but these remain at the research phase and do not represent applicable power sources. The idea to exploit the wind to power ships emerges as an environment-friendly solution. The EU-funded SIDEWIND project proposes an innovation that exploits the wind energy around cargo ships and converts it into electrical energy. The solution is based on the incorporation of horizontal turbines inside recycled cargo containers. The system is cost-effective, saves significant amounts of energy and does not require important changes in the ship design.
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