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Wind Propulsion Conference 15-16 September 2021

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The current use of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources within the shipping industry is still relatively scarce. Growing environmental legislation and concerns are driving the need to develop and apply innovative alternative power and propulsion technologWEGEMT Course on Green Shippingy for ships.

Now, industry players are increasingly putting a modern spin on one of the oldest concepts in shipping: harnessing the power of wind for ship propulsion.

Conference Topics

Market level assessment

- Future trends in the wind propulsion market effects of policy, regulation, price and the market barriers and drivers
- Developing world markets challenges, opportunities and designs for wind propulsion solutions
- How does wind propulsion perform in the small vessel market, fishing, ferry, workboats etc
- Lessons from the past how does the long history of wind propulsion solutions inform the systems and solutions of today and tomorrow

Concept level assessment

- Meeting the challenge of technical barriers to the deployment of wind propulsion rigs stability,
navigation, air draft etc.
- The use of weather routing software to maximise wind propulsion systems
- How to optimise a retrofit installation on existing vessels integrating retrofit wind into existing power
management systems
- Standardising fuel saving assessment for wind propulsion & wind technology performance assessment
- Wind propulsion and classification pathways to a standardised approach
- Zero emissions/Carbon Neutral pathways how does wind fit in and how can wind propulsion help
facilitate the adoption of other low carbon systems and fuels
- Assessment of the use of multiple different systems (e.g. sails and kites on the same vessel) and a series of the same rigs
- Wind propulsion & autonomous shipping

Technology level assessment

- How would maximising wind propulsion benefits impact the way we operate shipping and the ships
- The human element perceptions, experiences to date, training and safety
- Ports & logistics how compatible are wind vessels with the existing infrastructure. What systems are
being developed on board to mitigate this and what needs to happen in ports to adapt
- Big data + Big wind synergies, complementary approaches, impact and future developments
- Materials and manufacturing new developments/materials/systems for rigs and sails
- Assessment of the technology transfer from the competitive and leisure sailing world

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Accelerating the uptake of wind propulsion in shipping
Z Rafaelova, L Pomaska, V Kosmas and M Acciaro, Kühne Logistics University

Performance prediction and design of wind-assisted propulsion systems
F Tillig and J W Ringsberg, Chalmers University of Technology

Estimating the Cost of Retrofit for Shortsea Vessels
O Schinas,

A CFD Study on Wind Assisted Propulsion Technology for Commercial Shipping
W C P Hopes, D R Pearson and J E Buckingham, BMT Defence and Security UK Ltd

Development of a 1:30 scale sailing model of Oceanbird
A Hillenbrand, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

A Review of Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion for Sustainable Commercial Shipping: Latest Developments and Future Stakes
L Khan, J J R Macklin, B C D Peck, O Morton, and J-B R G Souppez, Aston University

Methods of Retrofitting Wind Assist
A Johnson, Dasivedo Design Ltd

Experiences of Rotor Sail installations on various ship types and the emission reduction potential of Rotor Sails
J Kuuskoski, Norsepower

Sea keeping model testing of wind powered vessels
F Gerhardt, SSPA Sweden AB

Rondout Riverport 2040 A Post Carbon Gateway to the Hudson Valley and the World
A Willner, The Center for Post Carbon Logistics

Wind technologies in shipping to 2050: Factors and challenges for a sustainability transition
J Köhler, Fraunhofer ISI

Interactions between Two Flettner Rotors used for Wind Ship Assisted Propulsion
B Charrier, Consultant

Speed Trial Verification for a Wind Assisted Ship 
S Werner, SSPA Sweden AB

Flettner rotors performances and interactions effects on the MARIN Hybrid Transition Coaster
J Schot, MARIN

Horses for courses: How to select the “right” wind propulsion system and how to make the business case
F Gerhardt, SSPA Sweden AB

Conference fees

Member £800+VAT=£960

Non-Member £900+VAT=£1080

Concession £350+VAT=£420

Authors £150+VAT=£180

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2019 Proceedings are offered at 50% to delegates who register to the 2021 Wind Propulsion Conference

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Conference Venue

8-9 Northumberland Street

The conference will be held at the Institution's Headquarters.

8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK.

Delegates may take advantage of the Institution's membership to stay at Club Quarters, less than one minute's walk from Headquarters 

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