The eco-cargo ships of the future could make huge kites

Cargo ships carry 80% of the world’s goods and are a major source of pollution. That’s why the industry is looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly.

Modern sailing ships already exist. The Swedes are developing a cargo ship of this kind, which will transport cars across the Atlantic. Others go even further. In early 2022, the Ville de Bordeaux, a 154-meter-long vessel carrying aircraft components for Airbus, will launch a giant kite at sea.

The kite, with an area of ​​500 square meters, will shoot after him the huge cargo ship across the Atlantic Ocean. The pilot project will take six months, and if the results are good, such kites will be produced on a large scale.

Industry companies are striving to meet the climate targets set by the Paris Agreement. Moreover, their large customers are pushing for their goods to be transported in an eco-friendly way.

The giant kite is called Seawing. The company that produces it, Airseas, estimates that a device with an area of ​​1,000 square meters, launched at an altitude of 300 meters, can reduce by 20% the emissions and fuel consumption of a large commercial vessel.

Airseas claims that its technology is automated and can be installed on any ship, regardless of size, in a few days.

The Seawing kite works just like the ones used in the sport called kitesurfing. In the video below you can see what Hannah Whiteley, the most influential sportswoman in the field, does with such a system.

Source: Bloomberg

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