Energy-saving sails for cargo ships


GH Craft, the Teijin Group’s composite structure design development and evaluation unit, has been taking part in the Wind Challenger Project, an industry-university joint research project, since October 2009.

The project, jointly launched by the University of Tokyo and leading Japanese shipping companies, is promoting the development of rigid but retractable sails that will harness wind-power to enable cargo ships to reduce their fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The sails envisioned for actual use are expected to measure 50 m x 20 m, or 1,000 m2 in area.

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