Norway - Høglund Marine Acquires Two-Thirds Stake in Vindskip
Norway-based marine technology provider Høglund Marine Solutions has taken a two-thirds stake in Vindskip AS, a company developing a wind and LNG-powered vessel concept.
Børge Nogva, President of Høglund, has also become chairman of the board at Vindskip AS.
Vindskip — which translates to wind ship in English — is a vessel design project for a car/truck carrier that combines wind and gas power to achieve the lowest possible emissions in its market segment.
With a majority share in Vindskip AS, Høglund said it will bring its experience and expertise from providing LNG and automation solutions to the Vindskip project. Alongside co-owners and fellow Norwegian electric propulsion provider, STADT AS, Høglund will supply LNG fuel system, power management and automation technology, according to the company.
Specifically, the Vindskip design uses the shape of the hull to act like a sail, harnessing the wind to generate traction and provide auxiliary propulsion, while also reducing aerodynamic drag by up to 75% compared to traditional vessel design.
The vessel will incorporate a weather routing module (WRM) that will calculate and recommend the most appropriate route for the vessel to take to harness the full potential of available wind conditions, optimising for fuel economy while meeting ETA.
As well as using wind, the vessel concept will also be powered by a flexible hybrid electric-LNG propulsion system, which could use bio gas (LBG) to further reduce GHG emissions. Dynamic engine management will optimise engine output to minimise excess fuel burn according to wind conditions and maintain constant speed, Høglund added.