Van Dam To Install Latest Wind-Assist Propulsion Ventifoil System From eConowind BV
A contract has been signed by Jan van Dam for the installation of a wind-assisted propulsion system on their 3600 DWT general cargo vessel MV Ankie that has been supplied by eConowind. A Netherlands based company Spijk is to take the delivery in Q4 2019 of the Ventifoil system.
It is eConowind BVs, first commercial order that completed its sea test trial successfully this year.
The development of the wind-assist system that has been going on for the past three years was backed by EU grand. This will make the company’s mark in the shipping industry which is eagerly moving towards decarbonization.
We are seeking Econology for shipping: good for Ecology but must be Economical as well. After several years of development and testing, we are very happy to take this next big step: a first commercial installation to show that saving energy and emissions can mean saving money at the same time. We are confident that such an innovative company as van Dam Shipping will manage to get the most out of the system and we are really excited to share the results in the coming months. stated Frank Nieuwenhuis, CEO of eConowind.
The modular Ventifoil units are in the form of the non-rotating wing with vents and an internal fan that uses boundary layer suction for maximum effect. For the reduction of motor power and energy, it has two, 10-meter wings with two extensions of six meters that generate a great amount of force.
“We expect a reduction in fuel costs over a period of approx. three years will equal the costs of the system and thus fulfill our dream of using the wind again in modern shipping, which has been 40 years in the making, stated a delighted Jan van Dam, owner of van Dam Shipping
For the testing of the concept in the new EU Interreg backed Wind Assist Ship Propulsion research program Van Dam Shipping is also to Participate. In this, not only the practical use of wind-assisted systems in the day to day operations but also the actual savings over a period of time will be studied from October.
It is expected by both eConowind and Van Dam Shipping that the Ventifoils will give significant savings making it a solution that will help the shipping industry reach the IMO decarbonization goals for 2030 and 2050.