Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Save Fuel Use a Kite

At first I thought this was a joke (and it’s not April 1), but the folks over at the New Scientist are reporting that the first commercial sailing of a vessel using a computer controlled kite to aid propulsion will take place in January 2008.

The kite propulsion system designed by SkySails and Beluga shipping will help to propel the ship across the Atlantic. The Kite can fly up to 300 meters high and the company behind it says this should cut fuel use by up to 20%. That’s a big saving and if successful, who knows, maybe on your next cruise the captain will hoist the main kite...

More details are available at SkySails

Source: New Scientists