Barriers, drivers and interaction of wind propulsion technologies for ships


Graphic presentationDagmar Nelissen, Senior Researcher and consultant at CE Delft, will present the preliminary findings of the EU DG Clima study ‘Analysis of market potentials and market barriers for wind propulsion technologies for ships’, at next week’s Natural Propulsion Seminar.

This is an important study with the general objective 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,” said Ms Nelissen.

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

There will also be presentations from Giovanni Bordogna & 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,” assert Bordogna and van der Kolk.

The Natural Propulsion Seminar, on 24th May, is held as part of BlueWeek, which is an independent, dedicated and free event hosted by the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN), where the industry, academics and institutions can come together to discuss the latest R&D initiatives, regulations and projects. The schedule also includes seminars on the challenges and innovative solutions for offshore wind and blue technology at sea.

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