30 Sep '11, 1pm

Will Corvus’ Lithium Batteries Float Eco Marine’s Solar-Wind Sails?: Cutting edge renewables entrepreneurs

Will Corvus’ Lithium Batteries Float Eco Marine’s Solar-Wind Sails?: Cutting edge renewables entrepreneurs

Cutting-edge renewables entrepreneurs are in pursuit of innovative ways to combine wind and solar energies. Eco Marine Power, in the process of designing and developing its Aquarius combined solar-wind system to drive ocean-going diesel-powered freighters, just jumped ahead of the curve by adding state-of-the-art energy storage. Doing research into renewables, Greg Atkinson, Director for Eco Marine Power , was “struck” by Japanese engineers’ efforts during the energy crises of the 1970s to perfect rigid sails. Because rigid sails would be ideal for ocean-going freighters with crews too small to manage canvas sails, Atkinson became intrigued with the design challenge. “You can harness the power of the wind,” Atkinson said, without incurring the expense of a big crew. “You lose something in power,” he said, “but it’s not going to cost as much.” Solar panels are common on sai...

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