Open-Source Sailing Ship Applies Wind and Solar Power
The Greenheart Project is modeled after tall sailing ships, but applies modern technology to potentially revolutionize shipping
Fuel costs represent 50-60 percent of ship operating costs, and a single supertransport emits more carbon pollution in a year than 5% of every car on the road in the world. Since people aren’t going to stop shipping goods any time soon, it’s up to our innovators to solve the fuel consumption problem. The Greenhouse Project is one such proposed solution.
Greenheart is an open-source, crowdsourced initiative to develop new kinds of vessels for shipping with the goal of designing low-cost ships powered by wind and solar to eliminate the cost and pollution of fossil-fuel shipping. In 2009, angel investors turned the project from an idea to an active organization and their first prototype design is nearing readiness for testing.