2014 Demo Project
In 2014 Wind+Wing Technologies developed a 42-foot trimaran equipped with a computerized wing, specifically designed to harness wind power and collect data showing the realistic potential for significantly reducing fuel consumption and emissions. In January 2014, the demonstration vessel began test sailing five days a week.
For six months the demonstration tracked vessel reliability, speed and fuel savings during a varied wind season, all while replicating a realistic ferry routes on the San Francisco Bay. Data compiled during the demonstration was forwarded for analysis to Dr. Timothy Lipman, Co-Director for the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. The data was presented in a final report, and documents potential improvements in air quality and fuel cost savings from employing this technology on San Francisco Bay ferry vessels. This demonstration project was made possible by a grant from the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) through the California Air Resources Board(CARB), with additional funding and grant administration by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), as well as Adventure Cat Sailing Charters and Photon Composites
Building on our success of 2014, Wind+Wing Technologies is launching a 2nd generation demonstration vessel in the San Francisco Bay in Q4 2017. Some highlights to this new edition are:
- fully re-designed WingDriveTM with more power and proprietary control systems
- All electric internal propulsion, paving the way for emissions-free passenger vessels
- Catamaran hull traveling at ferry speeds (14-17kts) – Fully replicating future passenger vessels transportation