Wind-powered cargo ship: the wind will send the boat on its way

Wind-powered cargo ship: the wind will send the boat on its way

The unique transatlantic cargo ship is being built by the engineers from Sweden. Its peculiarity lies in the wind turbine. The wind is one of the useful forms of renewable energy of the modern generation. It makes it possible to reduce dependence on coal and fossil materials that serve as fuel for electricity generation. In cases where the wind is used as a force generating electrical energy, the use of massive turbines is implied.

They convert moving air streams using inverters and generators into electrical force. And after that, the generated energy is transferred to charge cars or other vehicles in special batteries.

Despite a convenient alternative method of generating energy that way, it can be considered as cumbersome and costly. The construction of the wind farms requires significant investment and maintenance costs. But the scientists were able to achieve direct use of wind power without building such stations.

New technologies for taming the wind were used for the capabilities of the new sailboat. A group of engineers working at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm and at the maritime consulting company SSPA developed the concept of a wind power aircraft carrier, or wPCC for short.

It uses four sails on the surface to catch the wind and propel itself forward. Yes, a sailboat is not as fast as fossil-fueled watercraft. But it is environmentally friendly. Such vehicles can carry 700 vehicles at a time, and at the same time their emissions into the atmosphere are reduced by 90% compared to a conventional seagoing vessel.

It literally draws its strength from the air. The new design is expected to set sail for the first time in 2024. The only drawback that worries the experts so far is related to the fact that the concept will take twice as long as usual to cross the Atlantic.

The vessel will be 200 meters long, 40 meters wide, and 100 meters high, including sails. The sails themselves will rise about 80 meters in height.