23 February 2024
ONE has announced the launch of a new trial in collaboration with Econowind, set to install two containerized wind propulsion devices on their vessel.
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Ocean Network Express (ONE) is proud to announce the launch of a new trial aimed at unlocking the potential of containerized wind propulsion as a sustainable solution for the maritime industry. Following the successful completion of a factory test, ONE, in partnership with Dutch maritime wind-powered technology experts Econowind, is set to install two containerized wind propulsion devices, known as VentoFoil containers, on the MV Kalamazoo. The 1,036 TEU feeder vessel operates between Pusan, Yokohama, and Honolulu, and is owned by NORSE UK and managed by Goodwood Ship Management, Singapore.
Containerized Wind Propulsion
The containerized wind propulsion devices, which resemble airplane wings, are designed to harness wind energy, resulting in a significant reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Each VentoFoil is equipped with a smart suction system that optimizes airflow and maximizes thrust and has the potential to generate up to 400kW of power, reducing fuel consumption by 5%. They are fully automatic, adjust for wind speed and direction, and can be started from the ship bridge.
An innovative foldable and autonomous unit for wind-assisted ship propulsion, helping to propel a variety of coastal vessels. The eConowind unit is based on a 40 ft sea container and can quickly be placed and removed. Giving a flexible solution for a variety of vessels such as general cargo vessels, tankers, or other vessels with room for one or two 40 ft sea container(s).
It is a wing-shaped element using modern innovations in aerodynamics creating high propelling force relative to its size. Smart suction is integrated into the wing, resulting in double the force of the VentiFoil® while reefing when needed.
The containerized wind propulsion units can be rotated automatically to find the optimal angles relative to the apparent wind. The generated force will be transferred right into the deck thus helping with the propulsion of the vessel. To maintain the ship’s optimal speed, the engine power can be reduced.
In heavy and/or unfavorable wind conditions the VentiFoil® units can be easily stored in the container.
All equipment, like hydraulics, automation, and ventilation are integrated in the containerized wind propulsion unit. The only support of the vessel to the unit is 400-460 V, 3 phase, 50-60 Hz power connection.
“ONE is committed to minimizing our environmental impact and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,”
“This trial with Econowind is an important step forward in our efforts to explore innovative and sustainable solutions for the maritime industry.”Hiroki Tsujii, Managing Director at ONE.
The trial, scheduled to begin in January 2024 and run for approximately six months, will be a comprehensive study, with ONE closely monitoring the performance of the containerized wind propulsion units. Data on fuel consumption, emissions reductions, and overall operational efficiency will be collected. The results of the trial will be used to assess the long-term viability of wind propulsion as a sustainable shipping solution.
This collaboration with Econowind and NORSE UK, who are committed towards ‘Target Net Zero by 2050’, aligns with ONE’s broader green strategy, encompassing initiatives to enhance carbon management, optimize operational efficiency, explore alternative fuels and technologies, and engage in community green building. ONE remains steadfast in its commitment to leading the transition to a more sustainable maritime industry.
In principle, the equipment plays the role of a windshield and aims at improving the ship’s aerodynamics, similar to an air dam incorporated into a semi-truck design. At first, the design seemed odd. Now they are standard for long-haul trucks. Therefore, the shipping industry can benefit as well by reducing its fuel consumption and its greenhouse gas emissions.