Monday, November 10, 2008

Smooth (Solar) Sailing

The Australian company Solar Sailor has been making blogging headlines lately (see Treehugger or EcoGeek). Why? Because they've just signed a deal with Cosco to fit their ships with huge solar panels.

Here are the specifics:
The aluminum sails, 30 meters long and covered with photovolatic panels, harness the wind to cut fuel costs by between 20 and 40 per cent, and use the sun to meet five per cent of a ship's energy needs.

China's COSCO bulk carrier will fit the wings to a tanker ship and a bulker ship under a memorandum of understanding with the Australian company, which demonstrates the technology on a Sydney Harbour cruise boat.

The bottom line is...

I'm surprised this hasn't happened a long time ago.

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