Windship Technology has unveiled a new zero-emission ship design to reduce the shipping industry’s CO₂ emissions.
The company said that its patented triple-wing rig has been developed by the technical director Simon Rogers and his design team. The rig was later tested at the Wolfson unit in Southampton.
A new diesel-electric ship drive system has also been developed by the technical team.
The system will enable the elimination of CO₂, NOX, SOX, and particulate matter, along with the incorporation of large solar arrays, optimised hull shapes, carbon capture, and weather routing software into the complete design package.
The company said that the triple-wing rigs are capable of producing a greater driving force when compared with the single-masted solutions of the same height.
The 48m rig can be stowed on deck through a stowage solution, aiding port navigation and cargo handling.
The company noted that its composite structure is inspired by the technology and design used in the wind turbine industry, guaranteeing consistency and durability of more than 25 years.
University of Southampton ship science department’s former professor of ship dynamics Philip Wilson 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 that at last there is a design solution that the International Maritime Organization can champion to achieve its requirements for ‘at least’ zero-carbon shipping.”
The company has also announced a partnership investment with the international registrar and classification society DNV.
To fully evaluate Windship Technology’s whole-ship design, DNV will conduct complete verification.
Windship Technology director Lars Carlsson said: “Working with DNV is a major step towards proving true zero-emission 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 it is to have any hope of reaching the emissions targets set out in the law.”
Currently, the company is seeking to form commercial partnerships with key ship owners, operators, and stakeholders.