What have you done today to lower your impact?

We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Wind assisted shipping

Here´s an interesting post over on Roland Piquepaille´s Technology Trends
which is also where I found the excellent graphic. Thanks Roland.

"German designers, who tested a prototype last year, estimate that such a hybrid sailing ship would see a 50 percent reduction of its fuel consumption. Danish and Japanese companies are also designing wind-assisted ships."

The rest of the post is very interesting and is well worth a visit to the site.


Beverly Saltonstall said...

I wonder who is going to take credit for this innovative invention? Isn't this just going back to the golden age of sailing ships? Seriously, this is a wonderful example of how we can go back to the "good old days" when pollution wasn't rampant. Improving on the old ways will make the old technology more energy efficient and even better for the environment.
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C Robb said...

I remember seeing similar devices for long distance kayakers and I'm pleased to see them being applied commercially. It just makes so much sense. It seems that cheap oil has driven out common sense. Perhaps we are due for the return of good old fashioned practicality.