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​Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution wins Innovation of the Year award

​Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution wins Innovation of the Year award

Jun 27, 2016
Renewables & smart grid
Smart transport & logistics
Marine & shipping

Norsepower, the developer of the world’s first commercially viable renewable energy-powered vessel technology, won the ‘Innovation of the Year’ accolade at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards’ ceremony, which took place at Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 23 June.

The Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards recognises and honours the world’s finest manufacturers, suppliers, engineers, innovations, and products, in electric and hybrid marine propulsion.

The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. When the wind conditions are favourable, Norsepower Rotor Sails allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time.

Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically – minimising crew time and resource. It can be used with new vessels or can be retrofitted on existing ships without off-hire costs.

The technology is the first data-verified and commercially viable auxiliary wind propulsion solution for the global maritime industry. To date, independent data analysis indicates that up to 20% fuel savings per year can be achieved on windy routes, with sufficient sized Rotor Sails, and appropriate service speed. In commercial operation aboard the M/S Estraden, a 9,700DWT Ro-Ro carrier, two small units of Norsepower’s Rotor Sails have reduced fuel consumption by 6.1%. This saving has been measured and independently verified by NAPA, the leading maritime data analysis, software and services provider.

"The rotor sail solution is unlike anything else and, as such, truly innovative. A very simple solution based on an older idea, it has the potential to deliver benefits in many applications," says Simon Enticknap, editor, Marine Business.

"Using wind energy as a renewable source to generate electricity is a simple yet courageous and promising approach to protecting the environment and cutting costs for ship owners," Krischan Förster, chief editor, Hansa International Maritime Journal, added.

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Source: Norsepower

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