Wind-assisted propulsion: Economic and ecological considerations
Keywords:Wind Assistance, Flettner rotor, Energy efficiency, Decarbonization, Economic and ecological
Wind propulsion is well known and has propelled ships for millennia. However, with the advent of fossil-fuel powered ships, wind energy lost its importance for cargo transport almost 100 years ago. Rising fuel prices, and a society more aware of the consequences of CO2 emissions, fuels the revitalization of this energy source, and a variety of wind-assisted propulsion systems are on the market today. Key factors for the success of wind-assisted propulsion are discussed, and a case study for a multipurpose vessel is used as an illustration.
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