Peace Boat Ecoship Project & Natural Propulsion Features
The Peace Boat Ecoship‘s propulsion features – a combination of wind energy, anti-drag elements and cleaner fuels – will be presented at the Natural Propulsion seminar by Dr. Andrés Molina, Project Director of the Ecoship Project.
“The Ecoship’s propulsion system will combine some of the most forward-looking elements that the industry has developed and, without any doubt, break new ground in how natural propulsion is perceived in cruising”, says Andrés Molina.
Peace Boat Ecoship Project is a transformational program to construct the planet’s most sustainable cruise ship, an ocean-going 55,000 GT vessel with a passenger capacity of 2000. Inspired by nature in its design and technology, its eco-features combine radical energy efficiency and a boundary-defying use of renewable technology.
The design of the Ecoship has been developed by a world-class team of over 30 engineers, scientists and thinkers from the fields of ship-building and cutting-edge eco-technology (including renewable energy, architecture, biophilia and waste management). It is estimated that, cumulatively, it will achieve 20% cuts in propulsion energy, 50% cuts in electricity load and a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions in comparison with similar ships built before 2000.
Brainchild of Peace Boat, a Japan-based NGO that has been running educational voyages for peace and sustainability since 1983, the Ecoship will also embody sustainability efforts through its activities. It will sail for Peace Boat’s around the world educational voyages carrying 6000 people per year; host exhibitions of green technology in up to 1000 ports annually; and serve as a floating sustainability laboratory able to contribute to research on the ocean, climate and green marine tech.
“Peace Boat’s 2020 launch of the Ecoship offers a vision for a climate-friendly future and can lead the way towards a green cruising model that can also impact the wider shipping industry. The industry must adapt to the planet’s needs.” Explains Yoshioka Tatsuya, Founder and Director of Peace Boat.
The Natural Propulsion Seminar, May 24, is held as part of BlueWeek, which is an independent, dedicated and free event hosted by the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN), where the industry, academics and institutions can come together to discuss the latest R&D initiatives, regulations and projects. The schedule also includes seminars on the challenges and innovative solutions for offshore wind and blue technology at sea.
Peace Boat is a social enterprise and an international NGO based in Tokyo whose mission is to create awareness and initiate action to inspire social and political change in the world. Peace Boat brings its mission into reality by organising educational and advocacy voyages on a large passenger ship. For the past 30 years, following a social business model of its participants paying the cost to come on board, Peace Boat has been organising 3 to 4 global voyages per year reaching out to thousands of people in Japan and abroad.
The Peace Boat Ecoship Project
The Ecoship project is a transformational programme to construct the planet’s most environmentally sustainable cruise ship, which is scheduled to sail in 2020. It was initiated by Peace Boat in 2013 as a response to the need for the “greening” of the cruising industry as well as to forward its commitment to peace and sustainability.
The most emblematic aspect of the Ecoship will be its 10 retractable and photovoltaic sails that are expected to push the vessel with an average of 10% of the propulsion power at a speed of 17 kn and with a wind intensity of 40 kn with a relative orientations from 20° from the aft to 20° to the bow.
Wind energy will be harnessed as well though its 10, equally retractable, wind turbines that will deliver 300 KW with a wind speed of about 12m/s. This energy will be mainly used when alongside, to minimise carbon emissions in the ports of call.
Our holistic approach to energy efficiency includes, additionally, a diesel-electric dual propulsion – with hybrid generators and electric motor – energy saving features – optimised hull shape, anti-water drag system, integrated heat recovery and internal reuse for waste energy, natural air circulation system to reduce needs in HVAC – and the use of other renewable energies – solar, thermal and kinetic.
Source: IWSA (International Windship Association (IWSA)