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MOL and partners to launch study on application of aerospace technology to wind-powered ships

05 Aug 2022

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), MOL Tech-Trade, Ltd. (MOLTT), Tokai University and Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc. on Thursday (4 August) announced an agreement to start a joint study to research the application of aerospace engineering technologies on wind-powered propulsion for vessels. 

MOL, MOLTT, and Akishima Laboratories are moving ahead with the adoption of their jointly developed ISHIN ship design, which reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using wind as propulsive force. 

They will now work with Dr. Kota Fukuda, Associate Professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tokai University, to develop an optimised hull shape for wind-powered vessels by adopting aerospace engineering technologies in the ISHIN ship design. 

Adoption of the ISHIN ship design on the vessel can reduce GHG emissions by about 5% on the Asia-North America route, but targets a reduction of more than 12% by introducing aerodynamic technologies accumulated in the aerospace engineering field.

Dr. Fukuda and his group have carried out fluid dynamics research on examination of flow phenomena around rockets and aircrafts, development of high-performance solar cars and solar unmanned airplanes, and further application of their own simulation technology to the medical field. Through this joint study, they will expand their research fields to ship engineering and ocean-going vessel development.

The study was selected for the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) “2022 new product development subsidy programme” and efforts are underway to commercialise the R&D results. 


Photo credit: Chris Pagan on Unsplash
Published: 5 August, 2022

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