These days, it seems everything from rooftops to cell phones come equipped with solar panels. The ship’s new solar array is part of a demonstration project organized by the Port of Long Beach, Toyota and Tokyo-based shipping company, NYK Line.
While other ships have used solar panels before to power small electronics like auxiliary lights, the Auriga Leader is the first craft to direct solar power into the ship’s main electrical grid. The shipping business is extremely toxic to both the earth and human health because of its massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and harmful soot and particulate pollution. Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments.
I believe if you can utilize most forms of sustainable energy creation and harvesting with todays tech on a supply ship. Sailors have been using traditional solar panels on boats for decades now, with more exposure to salt water than they'll ever get on top of a cargo ship. Everyone is right - this is not a craft that "runs on" solar - but there are many boats that do run %100 on solar, and the number is increasing as their efficiency, savings and dependability are realized (especially with dualgens and LEDs added to the package). I can imagine the harsh ocean environment would "eat" away standard PV panels pretty quickly. I hope its OK to drop a trade name here as the company nanosolar with its head office in San Jose, CA currently print a clever solar cell foil creating immense energy which can be applied to various surfaces.


Definitely a much needed development, although I wonder why so much of the top deck's square footage has no solar panel. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. The project aims to reduce ships’ dependence on diesel, a dirty fuel that releases significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions even while crafts are docked and unloading cargo at port.
A boat the size of the Auriga Leader needs about 400 kilowatts of energy while at port, while a larger vessel like an oil supertanker needs about eight megawatts (enough juice to power 5,500 homes!) to pump its cargo of oil off the ship. So while 328 panels on the Auriga Leader may be a small step, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. Its more of a step to show the first craft using direct solar power into the ship’s main electrical grid.
If she had read the release she would've found that the panels do nothing involving the propulsion of the ship.
In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois).
You might have to design a sligtly larger ship per say to house all the batteries needed and generators for telescoping wind turbines located at various strong hull rib points that coincide with each other.


Also, there are much more effective and less expensive ways of reducing the fleets carbon emissions they go way beyond what 328 panels can do. 40KW installed capacity (let's say 20KW of actual generation) would indeed be 1% of that requirement.
Also besides the solar that is flat you can telescope satellite panels that are tucked away between the deck and hull inside port and starboard protectively up into solar sails that track the suns movement mechanically and digitally. Finally, still being propelled by conventional means design a sub-hall on bottom of keel that acts like multiple jet ski bottoms housing hydro generators. In my mind they would look like small mini paper mill hydro wheels that protrude very little and not enough to disrupt the flow inward flow of water which would create to much captivation and resistance.
Also the top can be for life support systems bottom for a backup battery charge for disel battery supporting propulsion means.



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