In the race to develop new, environmentally-friendly shipping technologies, a British company is promoting what it is calling the first true zero-emission ship design. Windship Technology, which says that it is developing a whole-ship solution to CO2 emissions, unveiled its designs that incorporate wind and solar technologies. The company will be working with classification society DNV for the verification of the technology.
The company’s technical director Simon Rogers and his design team reportedly started with a clean slate to develop and test their concepts for a zero-emissions ship. The design features a patented triple-wing rig and a new diesel-electric ship drive system to eliminate CO2, NOX, SOX, and particulate matter emissions. They also incorporated large solar arrays, carbon capture, optimized hull shapes, and specialized weather routing software into the overall design package. The design was tested at the Wolfson Unit in Southampton.