Wind is excellent. It’s proving to be one of the most beneficial kinds of renewable energy of our generation and is helping nations reduce dependence on coal and fossil fuels to create power.

When it pertains to wind, in most cases we need to use enormous turbines to convert moving air into kinetic energy that can then be transformed into electrical energy utilizing inverters and generators. That power then discovers its way directly to the grid to charge our electric vehicles and boats, or we can save it in batteries to utilize later on.

That’s all type of troublesome, it takes a great deal of time and energy to build wind farms and facilities, which then features a maintenance overhead. Envision if we could harness the power of wind straight.

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Consider it, why invest all that money and time when we can simply have our cars or boats propelled forward by the wind?

We might put huge pieces of material, like fixed kites, to capture the wind and drag ourselves forward. In fact, that’s what one group of Swedish engineers has made with its newest cars and truck transporting sea vessel.

A Swedish consortium consisting of the KTH Royal Institute of Innovation in Stockholm, maritime consultancy SSPA, and lead by ship designers Wallenius Marine has actually developed the wind Powered Cars and truck Carrier, or wPCC for short.

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Credit: wPCC – Wallenius Marine
The wPCC uses 4 sails or wings mounted on its roofing system to catch the wind and move it forward.

It’s a transatlantic ship capable of carrying up to 7,000 automobiles and reducing emissions for the crossing by 90%.

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The consortium reckons that the wPCC must be prepared for its maiden cruising trip by2024 Hopefully, it’ll still be windy by then.

The only drawback of using wind power is that it will take about twice as long to cross the Atlantic. Typically, cargo ship journeys take 7 days, the wPCC would take about 12.

For safety reasons, and for getting in and out of harbor, the boat does have additional engines. It appears the boat’s designers are yet to totally pin down this aspect, however it will ideally utilize electrical motors to keep its sustainable values.

Designers state its 200 meters long, 40 meters large, and 100 meters high, including the sails. That’s a little shorter than the average container ship, but far taller. The sails themselves have to do with 80 meters high.

If you wish to follow the advancement of the wPCC, you can maintain to date over on the Wallenius Marine blog site

While the customer world is advancing to cleaner types of transportation, the industrial world is still lagging behind, especially sea-bound haulage. So it’s terrific to see such innovation to develop sustainable transportation of the future.

Honestly, I can’t think we didn’t think of this sooner. Oh, wait …

HT– The Driven

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Published September 10, 2020– 11: 15 UTC.

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