Employing an old world method with a futuristic twist, the latest in clean transportation technology is the wind powered cargo ship, modeled after the Maltese Falcon, one of the largest luxury yachts on the planet.
If successful, the new cargo ship, conceived by Ireland's B-9 Shipping, could usher in a new age of global trade without the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, according to CleanTechnica. The rigid sail design, called Dyna-rig, was invented in the 1960's. Dyna-rig sails are durable and electronically operated with no rigging lines, and responds easily to changing wind conditions.
The ship, which uses its sails 60 percent of the time, uses biogas for auxiliary power.
The Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics at the University of Southampton will be conducting a series of studies as work on the ship progresses, including performance studies on various hull shapes. The final design will also take into account the workflow of cargo ships, especially loading and unloading goods.