The two year experiment on the solar-power assisted MS Auriga Leader Car & Truck Carrier of 60,213 GT., jointly developed by NYK and Nippon Oil Corporation has now elapsed and the findings have been released. Despite early optimistic results, the conclusion is disappointing. The tests have shown that providing a stable power supply from the photovoltaic panels is difficult because even a slight change in the weather has a significant influence on the amount of power generated. NYK has not however lost hope and is persevering together with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK). They are initiating further tests starting June 2011, to verify the effects of a new jointly developed hybrid power supply system to control the fluctuating output of the solar panels and diesel generator to deliver a stabilized the supply to the vessel’s electrical power system. [More]
"We are confident we can build everything up to ocean liners and in fifty years time people will look back at boats of the 20th Century and they'll say – where are the wings?" says Dr Robert Dane, CEO of Australia-based Solar Sailor Holdings, which is collaborating with Japanese company Eco Marine Power and others in the development of concept Hybrid Marine Power (HMP) solar ferry or solar tourist boat Tonbo.
Tonbo in Japanese means ‘dragonfly’ and a glance at the sketches of its folding solar-panel modular ‘wings’ and ‘dragonfly-eye’ forward control station structure will convince how very apt was this choice of name. The solar panel ‘wings’ can be raised or lowered by Eco Marine’s control system: raised to optimise absorption of prevailing sunlight or to increase the field of view from the passenger cabin; lowered flat in bad weather or for transit under low bridges.
Eco Marine’s design philosophy wa... [More]
Sauter Carbon Offset Design presents the Ocean Empire life support Superyacht, the worlds first totally self sufficient Zero Carbon Life Support Vessel (LSV) [More]