First findings of wind propulsion study to be released

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MAY 19, 2016—Dagmar Nelissen, senior researcher and consultant at CE Delft, will present the preliminary findings of  an EU-funded study “Analysis of market potentials and market barriers for wind propulsion technologies for ships” at a Natural Propulsion Seminar being held in the Netherlands next week.

The general objective of the study is to provide support to the European Commission to explore how further support can be provided to ensure that wind propulsion technologies are deployed in the shipping sector.

“The CO2 abatement measures available to the shipping industry are pivotal when it comes to estimating the costs of alternative political measures and examining policy options,” says Nelissen.

CE Delft has carried out numerous studies on climate policy for maritime shipping, commissioned by national and international government agencies and by organizations such as IMO and the European Commission.

There will also be presentations from Giovanni Bordogna and Nico van der Kolk from the Ship Hydromechanics Laboratory at Delft University of Technology on research to calculate aerodynamic forces and their interaction of several wind-assisted propulsion systems on deck.

They will focus on the importance of proper performance prediction along with assessment of the aerodynamics and hydrodynamics of wind-assisted ships.

“A physically sound performance prediction is a necessary prerequisite for any environmental or economic evaluation of wind-assist concepts,” they say.The Natural Propulsion Seminar, May 24, is being held as part of BlueWeek, a free event hosted by the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN), where the ischedule also includes seminars on the challenges and innovative solutions for offshore wind and blue technology at sea.



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