Helsinki, Finland – 25 January 2017: Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading provider of low- maintenance, software operated, and data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/S Viking Grace, an LNG-fuelled cruise ferry.
The 57,565 GT M/S Viking Grace currently operates in the archipelago between Turku (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden), and is already one of the most environmentally-friendly cruise ferries in the global maritime industry. With the addition of Norsepower’s technology, the vessel will further reduce its emissions, fuel burn and fuel costs; reducing carbon emissions by circa 900 tonnes annually; equivalent to cutting 300 tonnes of LNG fuel per year.
Preparations for the retrofit are underway, with the installation scheduled to take place during Q2 of 2018. Viking Grace is set to be retrofitted with one medium-sized Norsepower Rotor Sail unit that is 24m in height and 4m in diameter, making it the first-ever global LNG/wind electric propulsion hybrid ship.
The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships without off-hire costs, is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor; a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. The solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically – optimising crew time and resource.
Commenting on the technology, Ulf Hagström, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations & Newbuildings, Viking Line, said: “As an organisation that strives to ensure that our fleet operates in an environmentally friendly and economical way, we are proud to be partnering with Norsepower. Our cruise vessel is the first to use a combination of alternative clean fuels, modern Rotor Sails, electric propulsion, and a hydrodynamically optimised hull. We believe in the Rotor Sail Solution technology’s ability to enhance our ship’s performance by enabling significant reductions in fuel burn and costs, as well as carbon emissions.”
Commenting on the deal, Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower said: “This project marks the first of its kind modern auxiliary wind propulsion technology installation onboard a cruise ferry. As a Finnish based clean technology and engineering company, we are proud to be partnering with yet another prominent shipping company as we work towards a modern era of auxiliary wind propulsion for the global maritime fleet, while supporting shipping’s transition to the low carbon economy.”
To date, independent data analysis indicates that up to 20% fuel savings per year can be achieved on routes with favourable wind flows, sufficient sized Rotor Sails, and appropriate service speed.
The technology has proven commercial applicability, with two small units of Norsepower’s Rotor Sails installed on board Bore’s M/S Estraden, a 9,700 DWT Ro-Ro carrier. Measured and independently verified by NAPA, the leading maritime data analysis, software and services provider, the Rotor Sail Solution delivered fuel consumption reductions of 6.1% for the Estraden.
Notes for Editors
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 738282.
The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is particularly suited to tankers, bulk carriers, ro-ro vessels and ferries.
Norsepower recently announced it received €2.6 million from the European Commission and the Finnish Government’s funding agency for innovation, Tekes, to further its research and development programme. More on this story here.
The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution won the 2016 ‘Innovation of the Year’ award at the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam.
|18.12.2020||Half of the Top 10 "most sustainable companies in Germany" rely on WeSustain as software partner|
|21.01.2020||Test of wind propulsion on Maersk Pelican completed: Norsepower Rotor Sails confirmed savings of 8.2% fuel and associated CO2 on Maersk Pelican|
|21.01.2020||OGCI Climate investments leads MEUR8 investment in Norsepower|
|21.01.2020||Elcogen Named Winner of Innovation at European Business Awards 2019|
|01.10.2019||Introducing WeSustain’s ESG Management|
|02.09.2019||Swiss smart grid expert opens subsidiary in Singapore|
|12.02.2019||CHF 13.2 million: Successful financing round strengthens DEPsys in Smart Grid growth market|
|12.02.2019||#InnovFin: EUR 12 million loan from EU to Estonian clean tech company Elcogen|
|31.10.2018||Cajo Technologies Oy voitti Kasvu Open 2018 kilpailun|
|31.10.2018||Cajo Technologies Oy is the winner of Growth Open (in Finnish: Kasvu Open) 2018 competition|
|08.02.2018||Wello to export Wave Energy Converters to China|
|08.02.2018||New clean energy system to make Finnish business district self-sufficient|
|18.01.2018||Swiss Smart Grid Solution Company DEPsys Raises Additional CHF 2 Million of Funding|
|09.11.2017||Convion SOFC generates zero emission electricity and heat from biogas in Italy|
|02.11.2017||Power Fund II investee Visedo sold|
|21.09.2017||Visedo CEO, Kimmo Rauma, Takes Electric Message to the World|
|30.05.2017||Maersk Tankers in wind power project|
|11.05.2017||DEPsys has been selected for global energy startup accelerator program Free Electrons|
|11.05.2017||Superb performance with renewable biogas|
|06.03.2017||Application test of innovative off-grid power supply|
|02.03.2017||Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution to be installed onboard Viking line cruise ferry vessel|
|19.12.2016||Visedo is ready to take a global lead in providing smart and high performance electric drivetrain systems|
|07.09.2016||WeSustain develops reporting software for the partnership for sustainable textiles|
|13.06.2016||Swiss Smart Grid Solution Company DEPsys Raises CHF 3 Million of Financing|
|22.03.2016||Finnish Laser Marking Machine Provider Cajo Technologies heads to US markets|
|29.01.2016||Performance monitoring and verification drives orders and investment for Norsepower|
|11.01.2016||Visedo joins forces with Dutch marine electric system expert Electric Power Conversion B.V.|
|03.11.2015||Sustainability Management 2.0“ – WeSustain receives top marks|
|30.10.2015||WeSustain becomes a SASB Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP) Partner|
|11.06.2015||Visedo’s electric drive trains to equip world’s largest electric ferryboat|
|14.01.2015||Merus Power wins its biggest contract ever|
|14.12.2014||Growth capital for WeSustain (Series B)|
|21.10.2014||Self-Sufficient and Emission-Free Energy to Go|
|21.10.2013||Fuel cell company Siqens receives funding from Finnish investor VNT Management Oy and German KfW Bank|
|11.10.2013||Mobilemarking Gets Nearly |
€1 Million in Funding for Internationalization
|10.09.2013||Wello’s Wave Energy Converter Producing Clean Energy|
|06.05.2013||GASEK Oy, CCM-Power Oy and Asmacon Oy to combine their business|
|31.01.2013||Final Closing of Power Fund III|
|16.01.2013||Valopaa Receives a Significant Capital Investment from VNT Management|