- The extra advance resistance generated by the ship’s pontoons and the sail resistance of the vertical solar panel as well as the structure of the horizontal solar panels.
- The vessel’s two electric motors coupled to two propellers and direction of different turns, which generates an improvement in propulsion efficiency with respect to the use of a single propeller of 5-8%.
- The vessel and its pontoons will be coated with silicone paints, which have 4-8% less resistance than the conventional paints that are primarily used today.
- The overall efficiency of the electrical system of both motors and electric batteries is of the order of 80%.
Although the use of solar energy in cargo ships has certain technical difficulties such as the addition of the telescopic structure proposed here to increase the surface area for capturing the solar energy that the ship will need for its operation, which may add inconveniences in navigation compared to traditional ships; given the high cost of fossil fuels, it allows us to think that the use of solar energy in the propulsion of ships will be able to effectively replace the use of traditional fuels, and in addition, significantly reduce the cost of operation and value end of the freight of the transported loads.
Furthermore, considering the other alternatives currently being studied to replace fossil fuels on ships that are primarily the use of electric batteries or hydrogen, which would recharge on ships as they currently recharge on electric cars; we also believe that the direct use of the solar panels on the ships themselves, will grant them greater autonomy to reach greater distances traveled without the need for energy recharges and a lower cost in their operation since it consumes the energy produced by their own solar panels and not the purchase of electrical energy from sources external to the ship is necessary.
Therefore, we believe that the telescopic structure that supports solar panels that we propose in this project so that the ships can be powered by solar energy can have a great implementation in high-load transport ships, both now and in the future.
At this time, a patent application for the telescopic structure of the ship’s solar panels has been filed, and we are seeking interested industry parties in hopes of being able to build this project.
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