Wind Engine

By Keith Henderson at August 22, 2010 10:09
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In an earlier blog Reducing Air Drag, I mentioned the organization Greenwave. They have another wind power project called the Wind Engine.It is a mechanical sail uses the Magnus Effect and in its practical ship application has a tall cylindrical rotor as pioneered by Flettner in 1926. Test carried out by Auckland University, New Zealand, determined that the thrust produced by the Flettner rotor is eight to ten times more than a sail of equal area. Further tests with a 25:1 model ship indicate that wind assisted propulsion can deliver significant fuel and emission reductions with favorable winds and provides good maneuverability including crash stop performance. Lloyd’s Register provided technical assistance and expertise, for the construction of a full sized prototype rotor that was erected on a site in NE England. The next stage of the project is on board ship tests at sea which will be independently monitored by Lloyd's Register and is scheduled to take place during 2010.





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Reducing Air Drag

By Keith Henderson at August 22, 2010 09:58
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Since 2008, there is a UK based shipping environmental charity called Greenwave that strives to develop policies that not only encourage but reward ship owners for the early adoption of technologies designed to reduce emissions. Their emphasis is on new technical solutions rather than improving existing best practices such as hull and propulsion machinery maintenance, weather routing etc.One of two wind related projects is Turbo-foil, which seeks to reduce the aerodynamic drag of ships. While much attention is devoted to hydrodynamic design, the aerodynamic design, streamlining of ships hasn't changed much over the years with the exception of warships, cruise ships and mega yachts. Tests carried out in the wind tunnel at the University of Auckland has identified where the turbulence is greatest, and where fairing should be mounted to reduce drag. According to Greenwave, practical tests demonstrate that Turbo-foil can reduce above deck drag by at least 20 per cent equivalent to an annual saving of 50 tons of fuel and 150 tons of CO2 production.


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