By 2024, a Swedish consortium plans to launch a huge cargo ship that will use only wind energy to cross the Atlantic Ocean..
The ship was developed by engineers from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the marine consulting company SSPA under the leadership of the shipbuilding company Wallenius Marine..
A cargo ship called wPCC (wind Powered Car Carrier) will have impressive dimensions: length – 200 m, width – 40 m, height 100 m, 80 of which are sails that look more like fins.
Swedes to build 200-meter wind-powered transatlantic cargo ship
Although the ship will be able to cross vast distances using only the wind for movement, for safety reasons, the designers additionally equipped it with engines (most likely electric), which will also help to maneuver when entering and leaving the harbor..
wPCC is designed to carry up to 7 thousand vehicles on board, practically polluting the environment.
The only drawback of using solely wind power will be the increase in the time to cross the Atlantic from 7 days to about 12.
While the Swedes are trying to reduce the burden on the environment by switching sea transport to natural sources, Hyundai develops ships powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Wallenius Marine