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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Back to the Future

posted by on January 22 at 14:55 PM

The world’s first commercial cargo ship partially powered by a giant kite is setting sail from Germany to Venezuela.
The designers of the MS Beluga Skysails say the computer-controlled kite, measuring 160sq m (1,722sq ft), could cut fuel consumption by as much as 20%.


Rest of the story is here.

The SkySails website (“turn the wind into profit!”) is here.

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Your title says it all: isn't that just a sail? And haven't we had partially motor-powered sailboats for a while now?

Posted by STJA | January 22, 2008 3:22 PM

Wow, scientists have invented a sailboat! What will they think of next!

Posted by Y.F. | January 22, 2008 4:03 PM

Next thing you know they'll suggest we use high-speed passenger and freight trains that travel at 200-300 mph and use 1/8th the energy and release 1/6th the global warming emissions instead of jet planes ...

Nah. The oil lobby will kill that.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 22, 2008 4:27 PM

Hmmmm, traveling from Germany (ex-Nazis) to Venezuela (Godless Communists)

That pretty much says all you need to know about this so-called technology.

Posted by Eleanor Iselin | January 22, 2008 9:48 PM

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