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Zero Emissions Cargo Ship

orcelle.jpgIs a cargo ship partially pulled along by the wind not sufficiently green for you? How about one complete with photovoltaic-covered sails, power-generating fins, and fuel cells? That's the design now being shown around by Wallenius Wilhelmsen, one of the world's biggest cargo ship manufacturers. Although the "E/S Orcelle" is a concept vehicle (i.e., not intended for production in this form), Wallenius Wilhelmsen intends this as a demonstration that efficient, clean technologies are now available for the shipping industry. The E/S Orcelle, if built as a car carrier (its somewhat ironic default configuration), would be able to carry 50% more than current car carrier ships at similar tonnage -- and would completely eliminate the use of pollution-laden ballast water tanks.

(Found via Gizmodo)


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» Green Cargo Ship from sustainablog
Some time back, I pointed out a post on WorldChanging about a sail-driven cargo ship. Now, also from WC, comes news of a concept cargo ship by Wallenius Wilhelmsen (one of the world's largest cargo ship manufacturers) that includes "photovoltaic-cove... [Read More]

» Design for a zero-emissions cargo vessel from Navarik Windward: shipping software weblog
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Comments (2)

I bet they could add this to the lot and make it even faster/more efficient!

Emily Gertz:

Very cool. Cargo ships are a major and very underregulated source of particulate air pollution also--so this would solve more than one big problem with ocean shipping.


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