Five ships participates in wind propulsion research

New technology for wind-assisted propulsion is installed on multiple ships to enable researchers to study real life voyages.

– For the first time, wind-assisted ship propulsion is being studied based on several real life trails, says project research leader Roberto Rivas Hermann.

New report pinpoints theories

The WASP project aims to accelerate the greening of sea transport through wind propulsion. In order for that to happen the technology has to be robust, and there must be demand from shipowners to install them. A newly published report investigates these motivations and provides a theoretical basis on why shipowners would choose wind power.

– More specifically, we manage to model shipowners` installations of different types of Wind Propulsion Technology over time, and the relationships between several different determinant factors, explains Ning Lin,  project researcher at CHNL.

Ning Lin works with the field of green logistics and CO2 emission.

The factors that are incorporated into the modelling are various market segments, geographical scope, oscillating markets, and regulatory conditions. By conducting this research they aim to identify the speed of uptake for different WPTs under a range of business and policy conditions.

– Wind propulsion technologies have the potential to reduce the use of heavy fuel oil, therefore this research is important to reduce maritime fuel use and CO2 emissions, says Lin.

Looking for green solutions

The potential will be analyzed carefully until 2023. The WASP-project is one piece of the larger decarbonization puzzle for low carbon solutions at sea. 14 partners around the North Sea region are participating in the three-year EU funded project.

– This project brings together universities, providers of wind-assisted technology and ship owners to validate operational performance. We expect the results to have quite some impact regionally and further afield, says Kasper Uithof, WASP Project leader.

Through harvesting extensive data on wind propulsion the project group intends to contribute to a greener transport system in the North Sea region. The findings will also inform the development of policy in the EU. Results may assist facilitating the development of a level playing field for WPT`s, and the integration of wind propulsion into shipping decarbonization plans across the region.

The WASP (Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion) project, funded by the Interreg North Sea Europe programme, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of €5.4 million. The project brings together universities, wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions thus enabling wind propulsion technology market penetration and contributing to a greener North Sea transport system through harvesting the regions abundant wind potential. This fully aligns with the wider programmes’ objective of promoting the development and adoption of products, services and processes to accelerate the greening of the North Sea Region.

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