Making shipping more sustainable is high on the agenda of shipping companies, shippers and policy makers. eConowind contributes to this with its VentoFoil concept: a flexible, vertical ‘wing’ that converts wind into extra thrust. With this, ships can already save up to 15 percent on their fuel consumption on an annual basis, the company says in a press release.

With the start of the CO2 tax in 2024, it becomes important for ship owners to accelerate the green transformation. Especially now that industry and shipping are under the magnifying glass. International shipping accounts for 3 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Nevertheless, this mode of transport is still the most efficient per tonne-kilometre.

Cost savings

‘Wind assisted propulsion’ (WASP) on existing vessels not only reduces CO2 emissions, it also brings significant fuel and cost savings. With eConowind’s VentoFoils, shipowners can already profitably reduce CO2. Users see a positive contribution immediately after installation. The low-maintenance system can be installed within two days.

Fuel independent

Wind is an inexhaustible and free source of energy. VentoFoil systems can be deployed regardless of whether a vessel runs on traditional or green fuels. It can boost renewable fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia, methanol and/or electricity. After all, these are often relatively expensive fuels.

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