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Powering Ahead with Wind Assist Technologies No longer an abstract ?pie-in-the-sky? technology, wind assist propulsion could well be a game-changer in the ?Carbon Wars.? InsightsWind assist technologies have come of age for ship- ping companies. A panel discussion entitled ?Ac-celerating Adoption of Double Digit Fuel Saving Technologies,? at the recent Danish Maritime Days in early October drove this point home nicely. Describing the meeting in Copenhagen, Dr. Tristan Smith, from University College London?s (UCL) Energy Institute, told Maritime Professional last month that ?? the event involved a coming together of ship owners and the leading companies developing technolo- gies with exciting potential to offer those owners and their charterers fuel savings.? The participants were Turbosail Pte. Ltd. (sails), Magnuss Ltd. (rotors with retractable capabil-ity), Norsepower (rotors), and OCIUS Technology (sails). Dr. Smith, whose design work has ranged from kite sails to nucle- ar submarines, added: ?Level of maturity varied from technol- ogy company to company, with the most advanced already  tting hardware in advance of a sea trial.? Wind Assist Fuel Saving Technologies The companies presenting are looking for ??strategic partner- ships and shipowners interested in game-changing fuel-saving technologies,? according to Shipping Innovation Fast Tracker (ShIFT), a joint venture between the Carbon War Room (CWR) ? an advocacy group and think tank most closely associated with Richard Branson, and UCL. The focus on shipping is not surpris- ing for CWR, especially with its stated objective of ?accelerating the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions.? Within its Transport Group, its Operation Shipping Ef ciency aims to encourage investment, development and installation of energy ef ciency technology to improve the ef ciency of the  eet, by providing transparent data to the wider market. Dr. Smith?s UCL group has been developing the necessary economic models to quantify and analyze savings due from energy ef cient investment. James Rhodes, CEO of Magnuss, one of the featured presenters, said, ?CWR focuses on accel-erating the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions and selected Magnuss for ShIFT, showcasing the Magnuss VOSS (Vertically-variable Ocean Sail System) as the technology best suited to deliver a group of key bene ts. Chief among these bene ts are fuel savings of up to 50% and on av- erage 10-35% for an industry breaking its back to save 2-4%.? Rhodes, based in New York, added that the technology also provides for ?a substantial and differentiated means to reduce carbon emissions in the face of tightening regulation and a patented and class approved design of proven technology ap- plied in a different way to meet the needs of global shipping today.? After the session, which was also sponsored by the Danish Shipowners Association, Dr. Smith told MarPro , ?With regard to operational concerns, designs that offered some degree of retractability produced greater reassurance to the shipowner. Accentuating that sentiment, one shipowner commented that the decision was not ?whether? to use wind-assistance technol- ogy, but ?which? technology to use.? By Barry Parker10 I Maritime Professional I 4Q 20141-17 Q4 MP2014.indd 101-17 Q4 MP2014.indd 1011/17/2014 3:26:13 PM11/17/2014 3:26:13 PM

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