Shipping companies across the world are trying to come up with innovative engineering ideas and green technologies to tackle the stringent regulations about fuel emissions from vessels. The advancement in technology has helped these shipping companies to bring forth multitude of ship designs each exceedingly resourceful. New ships are being designed using a variety of technologies which would help to reduce the carbon emissions to a great extent.
Several Shipping Companies have gone a step ahead and designed ships which are 100% environment friendly with zero emissions. A variety of green energy sources such as wind energy and solar power will be used to improve energy efficiency and propel these ships in future.
Five singular ship concepts which would be zero emission ships are mentioned below:
1. E/S Orcelle
Built by the reputed shipping conglomerate Wallenius, the Orcelle green ship concept is truly a one-of-a-kind car carrier vessel. The car carrier utilizes three different propelling systems for its day-to-day operations.
Electrical systems, wind and wave power and fuel panels incorporating hydrogen have been effectively integrated to provide the vessel with incomparable operational successes and the zero emission ship status.
2. Super Eco Ship 2030
Built by NYK, the Super Eco Ship Concept is earmarked for operational start in the year 2030. The cargo ship’s designing is completely streamlined with utilization of solar and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) cells to aid its maneuvering on water.
The ship’s construction has been thoroughly meticulous with several well-known European companies providing technical and technological assistance. The absence of conventional fueling systems and electronic-based freight loading and unloading processes are regarded to be the USPs of the Super Eco Ship 2030 which will make it one of the few zero emission ships of the future.
3. Container Feeder Vessel ZERO
Still being conceptualized, ZERO is being touted as the “next-gen” container feeder ship with zero emissions. According to the GL shipping company, the ship would function extensively on LH2 (Liquid Hydrogen) and hydrogen-powered fuel panels.
GL is also aiming at a constructional aspect of reduced operational speed so as to enhance the viability of the vessel in the Northern European water zone. Once the vessel is put into operation, there’s no doubt that ZERO would be a trend-setter for generations to come.
4. Futureship Zero-Emission Ferry Concept
Futureship’s Zero-Emission Ferry Concept for the shipping company Scandilines is a totally emission-free ship of the future. The ship uses a variety of green energy technologies such as photovoltaic systems, fuel cells and Flettner rotors. The double-ended ferry has been designed to have space for 1,500 passengers and 2,200 lane meters for vehicles.
5. B9 Cargo Ships
The fleet of B9 vessels constructed and operated by the B9 shipping company is yet another maritime engineering novelty. These vessels don’t utilize any kind of conventional fueling systems but instead are operated through methane fuel (biogas) and energy derived from winds.
Their size is also quite smaller when compared to the conventional freight vessels and allows for greater operational effectualness. The main constructional component is a kind of steel alloy that is naturally derived. This component has also helped the vessels achieve greater operational successes and set revolutionary trends to change the future of the maritime freight transportation domain. A zero-emission ship concept, the B9 green ship concept has received great accolades from the maritime world.
Constructed by the Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi, Emerald Ace is truly an ace of its ilk and is already sailing the high seas. Though not totally a zero-emission ship when at sea, the car carrier ship holds the unique distinction of being a vessel that doesn’t emit any noxious gases while berthed. The incorporation of solar fuel panels along with lithium-ionised batteries helps to power the ship at all times, even while moored.
The solar panels constantly generate energy to power the ship while it is operational. While the ship is not at sea, this energy generated is adequately stored in the batteries with the help of generator-assistance to power it effectively thereby enhancing its overall engineering appeal.
Do you know any other zero-emission ship concepts which we have missed here?
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An ardent sailor and a techie, Anish Wankhede has voyaged on a number of ships as a marine engineer officer. He loves multitasking, networking, and troubleshooting. He is the one behind the unique creativity and aesthetics at Marine Insight.