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Natural Propulsion seminar, January 20, 2012

posted Nov 22, 2011, 11:51 PM by Cesar Harada   [ updated Nov 23, 2011, 2:31 AM ]
Via Willem Plet, thanks to Piem Wirtz`

For almost 80 years MARIN has been involved in optimizing hull forms to reduce resistance and fuel consumption. Today the same techniques are still being used but with additional emphasis on reducing emissions and the impact on the environment. A radical change in propulsion sources could be considered as alternative to engine driven ships: Natural Propulsion.
The use of environmental forces such as wind, waves, current or sun has always been at the heart of maritime transport. Today, high energy prices and the increasing pressure on environmental protection, is giving new life to many ideas and a certain boost to radically new developments in propulsion sources.
In order to sustain such initiatives and share potential technical and concept opportunities and to outline upcoming challenges, MARIN is organising a Natural Propulsion seminar on Friday, January 20 in Wageningen. 

As shown in the (preliminary) program several companies and research institutes are willing to share their initiatives and present developments within the field of Natural Propulsion.
Date & venue 
January 20, 2012 from 09.00 - 17.00 hrs 
at MARIN, 2 Haagsteeg, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Participation is free of charge. For registration please fill in the registration form. For additional information please

Invitation and program
Dick MoonenMeteo Consult, the NetherlandsWeather routing and wind propelled vessels
Prof. Michael VahsUniversity of applied sciences, Leer, GermanyAuxiliary sail propulsion for cargo ships: operational aspects and performance parameters. Highlights of Sky sails and E-Ship 1 concepts
Diane GilpinBP Shipping, United KingdomThe development of a revolutionary 100% renewably powered cargo ship
Guilhem Bles and Yves ParlierBeyond the Sea, FranceAn example of scientific issues for large scale kite : Beyond the sea project
Kostia RoncinENSTA Bretagne, FranceAutonomous sailboat
Patrick EnglebertPropelwind, France/BelgiumZero emission technology for the shipping industry
Thys NikkelsDykstra Naval Architects, the NetherlandsWind Propulsion for large ships
Rien de Meij, Rob Grin and Rogier EggersMARIN, the NetherlandsEstimation and optimisation of performance in service conditions: new aspects and challenges raised by natural propulsion