To cut those cost, engineers at SkySails, Hamburg, Germany (skysails.info), want to attach multichambered kites to ocean-going ships and harness the winds. They say it will let a ship travel using 50% less fuel, as well as reducing emissions. Currently, the company is testing two kites on an 18-ton, 50-ft ship. One kite measures 215 ft 2 and the other 430 ft 2 . They say wind power from the kite makes the ship faster than when it is powered by a conventional diesel. The kites fly about 900 ft high and are controlled by an autopilot. If all goes well, superyachts and freighters could be sporting SkySails by 2008.
Wind surfing for ocean freighters
Rising fuel prices affect almost every vehicle on the planet, including ocean-going freighters.