Systems integration and automation specialist to play central role in bringing concept to reality
Tønsberg, Norway, 12 October 2020: Marine technology provider Høglund Marine Solutions announced today that it 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. The design recently won the prestigious German Design Award 2020 for the category Excellent Product Design – Conceptual Transport.
With a majority share in Vindskip AS, Høglund will bring the company’s 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.
The unique Vindskip® design uses the shape of the hull to act like a sail, harnessing the wind to generate traction and provide auxillary propulsion, while also reducing aerodynamic drag by up to 75% compared to a 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 – which Høglund will be instrumental in developing and supplying - will optimise engine output to minimise excess fuel burn according to wind conditions and maintain constant speed.
It is estimated that the Vindskip® design will emit 63% less CO2 and 96% less NOx than similar capacity car-carrying vessels currently in service. As the market for low-emission and electric road vehicles market expands, the car carrying sector will need to reflect the manufacturers’ increasing focus on environmental sustainability.
Børge Nogva, President of Høglund Marine Solutions and Chairman of Vindskip AS: “With the pressure on shipping to reduce GHG emissions increasing, it is more important than ever to demonstrate how innovative we can be in meeting this critical environmental challenge. I’m delighted that Høglund’s role in the development of the Vindskip® concept has increased, which will allow us to collaborate and bring our expertise to this unique and innovative project. Wind-assisted propulsion has great potential – but it needs careful integration of hardware and software to realise.
Adding his comments, Terje Lade, Manager of Vindskip AS: “It’s great to have Høglund’s support for the Vindskip® project. As an industry, we need to start turning emissions-reducing ideas into reality, and effective collaboration will be critical. I’m thrilled that Høglund is bringing their expertise to the project, which is setting a precedent of environmentally sound vessel design in the car-carrying sector and beyond.
Hallvard Slettevoll, CEO of STADT AS and joint owners of Vindskip AS:
“The Vindskip® design concept represents one of the boldest steps in vessel design in a generation as well as a significant engineering challenge. By successful development of the project through collaboration, we will help the car-carrying sector lead the way in reflecting the efforts other industries are making in building low-emissions designs for a greener future by using the Lean Propulsion ® as a vital part of the Vindskip® propulsion arrangement.
About Vindskip AS
Vindskip AS was established in 2016 as the company responsible for the development and commercialization of the Vindskip® project. It is a design for a LNG powered vessels suitable for sea transport that also incorporates aerodynamic design along with routing software to aid in wind propulsion and reduced drag as well as advanced software to offer route recommendations and dynamic cruise control to balance the propulsion systems to minims excess energy consumption.
The parent company, Lade AS was established in 2010 to develop the project Vindskip ®.
It holds both a Norwegian Patent and a WIPO PCT Inter – national Patent on the concept. Project Vindskip ® is a hybrid merchant vessel for sustainable sea transport.
About STADT AS
STADT AS is a propulsion technology provider focused on electric propulsion drive technology and full system integration . The company was founded in 1985 in Gjerdsvika, where it is still located in the Maritime Center south of Ålesund. Several generations of AC propulsion drives has been developed by STADT over the years, as one of the leading companies in the world in its category. The latest patented STADT Lean Propulsion ® has several very unique features, such as its very high efficiency, noisefree Stealth operation, reliabiality, redundancy, low weight and very compact footprint.