Another take on wind power… my Dad sent it along suggesting it for my boat. A full size one (20′) seems it might be a bit big for me, but a smaller unit (or a bigger boat) and it might be just the thing.
After the article on hydrokinetic turbine the other day, Bob was kind enough topoint out that the article was incorrect saying that it was the first such installation… there is another by Verdant Power in New York’s East River. They have computer simulation videos and the like on their home page.
Thanks for the info, Bob!
Check the article for details and some links to a variety of builders who are beginning to build more economical boats.
A trial subscription to the site is available which gives you full access to try it out, or you can purchase a yearly subscription for a modest fee.
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Gas2.0 (an alternative energy blog) pointed out this video and gave some more background on a couple of different compressed air powered vehicles. The "non-piston" powered engine (starts about 5:30 into the video) sounds like it would have definite marine applications. They even mention the idea of using it on boats.
I don’t know about the efficiency of compressed air, but the safety aspects and ease of handling have some definite advantages. I hadn’t really thought of how much we use compressed air as a motive force already in industrial settings (tools and various other pneumatics). Maybe they have something here.
The Suntory Mermaid II is an interesting take on an alternative power vessel… powered by a contraption that gets energy from the waves, this is a 9.5 meter cat that is aiming to make a voyage from Honolulu, HI to Asia.
Always nice to see other takes on "self powered" boats that don’t rely on the fossil fuels.