Windship Technology has unveiled its whole-ship solution to tackle CO2 emissions, and announced an investment partnership with one of the world’s leading classification agencies
Windship Technology technical director Simon Rogers and his design team have developed and tested a high-performance triple-wing concept at the renowned Wolfson Unit in Southampton.
The technical team further developed a new diesel electric ship drive system, True Zero, that is said to eliminate CO2, NOx, SOx and particulate matter. It incorporates large solar arrays, carbon capture, optimised hull shapes and specialised weather routeing software into the overall design package.
Windship Technology’s eye-catching triple-wing rig is said to produce a driving force several times greater than single-masted solutions of the same height currently being promoted in the industry.
The 48-m Windship Technology rig is stowable on deck through a unique, innovative stowage solution to aid port navigation and cargo handling. Its composite structure is borne out of technology and design from the wind turbine industry, ensuring reliability and longevity of greater than 25 years.
Professor Philip Wilson, formerly professor of ship dynamics at the Ship Science Department at the University of Southampton is convinced by Windship Technology’s solution. He said “The holistic approach demonstrated in this solution whereby wind power, solar power and the reduction of harmful exhaust emissions to effectively zero, are all brought together, means there is finally a design solution the International Maritime Organization can champion to achieve its requirements for ‘at least’ zero-carbon shipping.”
Windship Technology has also announced a significant partnership investment with DNV GL, which will be conducting both an outside-in and inside-out verification to fully assess Windship Technology’s whole-ship design with a view to classifying emissions reductions, safety and operability.
DNV GL senior vice president Per Marius Berrefjord commented “We are delighted to be working with such experienced professionals at Windship Technology in a project which aims to help transform the entire shipping industry to ’true zero’. We will work closely with the project team in a fully transparent manner as we now initiate the work to establish a simulation model that will help us verify the greenhouse gas emissions reduction capability of the technology.”
“We are also preparing for a HAZID that will verify the safety and operability of ships with Windship Technology installed. These activities will be followed by further verification activities as the project moves forward. Windship is supplying information in a fully transparent manner, and DNV GL will ensure a thorough verification process. We are looking forward to diving deeper into the very interesting technology presented by Windship.”
Speaking about the new co-operation with DNV GL, Windship Technology director Lars Carlsson, commented, “Working with DNV GL is a major step towards proving true zero-emissions status. The industry cannot sit back any longer. The clock is ticking and regulation will force a new approach for an industry that is traditionally hesitant to change. Shipping is not fit for purpose in the future.”
“Shipping and oil companies are the only major industries still increasing their emissions and must change and think differently if they are to have any hope of reaching the emissions targets set out in law.”
Against a backdrop of newbuild ship orders down over 50% in 2020, Windship Technology believes it is offering a ‘Tesla of the seas’ solution for shipping.
Windship Technology is now looking to cement commercial partnerships with major shipowners, operators and investors with a vision to transform the shipping industry and address the growing emissions issue that can no longer be ignored.