Lade AS's Vindskip concept is a hybrid merchant vessel designed for sustainable sea transport, driven by the wind and liquefied natural gas.
Lade AS claims the ship's airfoil shape will allow it to point up to 18 degrees into the wind, a vacuum on the side sheltered from the wind propelling the ship forward. Onboard computers will allow navigation based on optimum weather conditions, maximizing fuel efficiency. It's just one example of a new generation of renewable energy technology being used to power boats.
Ocius' technology has been adapted to a variety of boats. Here, the "Suntech Solar Sailor" makes her maiden voyage.
30 meters long, MS Turanor has enough solar panels to cover two tennis courts. The Swiss vessel is the largest solar power catamaran in the world and the first of its kind to circumnavigate the planet.
MS Turanor tours regularly, and since circumnavigating the globe it beat its transatlantic record in 2013, crossing the ocean in a mere 22 days.
Designed as a cargo ship, its creators hope the concept will become a touchstone for future nautical engineering, and that elements of its radical design will be incorporated by shipbuilders over the coming years.