It’s pretty amazing an idea like this has been so forthcoming. A company is finally finding a way to utilise wind power to propel cargo ships. SkySails is a company based out of Hamburg, Germany and as of 2008 these tow kites have gone into full production.
By using the SkySails-System, a ship‘s fuel costs can be reduced by 10- 35% on annual average, depending on wind conditions. Under optimal wind conditions, fuel consumption can temporarily be reduced by up to 50%. Even on a small, 87 metre cargo ship, savings of up to 280,000 euros can be made annually.
Wouldn’t it be amazing how much oil could be saved just through cutting back 10-15% worldwide? The hows and sorts are wonderfully shows in this illustration.
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