26 Aug '11, 4pm

Solar Panels Act As Sails for Shipping Vessels /think this solar panel design will hold, um, air? #design #solar

Solar Panels Act As Sails for Shipping Vessels /think this solar panel design will hold, um, air? #design #solar

As envisioned, Eco Marine's Aquarius System works by putting an array of rigid solar panels on the deck of a ship. Using an advanced control and navigation system, the panels can be positioned to maximize collection of sunlight, but also can be maneuvered to catch the wind, thus serving as sails. The panels can be used in port for a recharge, and the company is designing them so they can be stowed during extreme weather. In their first iteration, the solar sails are being designed as retrofits to existing ships. The company is also limiting the early development of the Aquarius System to large carriers and oil tankers, but says the foundation of the technology could someday be used for smaller ships. The design was a finalist in the Green Shipping Initiative of the Year category at the Sustainable Shipping Awards in London in July. As we reported earlier this year , Eco Ma...

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