A Review Of Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion For Sustainable Commercial Shipping: Latest Developments And Future Stakes


With the current global warming crisis and contemporary concerns for sustainability, the transport industry is developing and implementing novel solutions to reduce greenhouse gases. With close to 90% of the world’s goods relying on maritime transportation, responsible for 3% of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2019, there is a vital emphasis on reducing emissions. The latest legislation from the International Maritime Organisation has imposed even tougher sulphur oxide targets. On the other hand, emission intensity for CO2 will need to be decreased by 70% in 2050, compared to 2008 figures. While operating measures and fuel alternatives are suitable in the short-term to meet these novel regulatory constraints, as the use of fossil fuels tapers off, the long-terms solution appears to reside in wind-assisted ships. Consequently, this study aims to identify viable solutions that could reduce emissions, focusing on three prominent technologies, namely sails, rotors and kites. Furthermore, this review provides guidance on the benefits and risks associated with each technology and recommends guidelines for performance prediction and associated constraints. Ultimately, future stakes in wind-assisted propulsion are highlighted, including the need for full-scale validation, the challenge in assessing environmental and economic impact, and the structural issues associated with wind-assisted propulsion systems.

Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Event Title: Wind Propulsion Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2021-09-15 - 2021-09-16
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 07:19
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 13:38
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PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2021-09-15
Authors: Khan, Lukman
Macklin, Joseph
Peck, Benjamin
Morton, Owen
Souppez, Jean-Baptiste R. G. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0217-5819)



Version: Accepted Version

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