Is the maritime industry getting more creative, or falling back on traditional methods to improve vessel (fuel) efficiency. While what is essentially a ‘sail’ may seem archaic with today’s technology at our disposal, it is a clean and free means of boosting propulsion. IWSA (International Windship Association) have developed an ‘automated power kite’ that can be deployed under the right circumstances. Obviously this particular method will by no means cut out the need for traditional propulsion altogether, but a 20% cut in fuel consumption does represent a significant saving both financially and in terms of the environmental impact.
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