Digital space tool saves fuel
The Smart Green Shipping Alliance (SGSA) has been accepted into the European space agency business incubation centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK). Part of the business support package awarded to SGSA by the ESA includes a grant to develop a prototype digital tool that will enable the accurate quantification of available wind for any ship, on any route.
The digital evaluation software system will provide projected annual fuel savings accrued by retrofitting any ship with SGSA’s Fast Rig wingsail technology or by integrating the technology in to a newly built ship design. The digital tool will allow users to quantify potential fuel savings for any ship, sailing specified routes at different speeds.
Therefore, when commercially available, the software system will give ship owners and operators a trusted verification platform with the data required to analyse the commercial benefit of installing this wingsail technology. (fd)