Høglund Marine Solutions takes two-thirds stake in Vindskip

Marine technology provider Høglund Marine Solutions has taken a two-thirds stake in Vindskip AS, a company developing a wind and LNG-powered vessel concept which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 63%.

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, Høglund claims, the lowest possible emissions in its market segment.

Alongside co-owners and fellow Norwegian electric propulsion provider, STADT AS, Høglund will supply the LNG fuel system, power management and automation technology.

The 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 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 biogas (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.

‘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,’ said Børge Nogva, President of Høglund Marine Solutions and Chairman of Vindskip AS. ‘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.’

Nogva added: ‘Wind-assisted propulsion has great potential – but it needs careful integration of hardware and software to realise.’

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry