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Solar-Powered Cargo Ship Debuts in Long Beach

A cargo ship equipped with 328 solar panels is currently docked at the Port of Long Beach, California as a demonstration project by the port, Toyota and get viagra cheap shipping company NYK Line.  The ship is the first cargo ship to use the sun's power for more than just small electrical applications.

The ship, the M/V Auriga Leader, will gather about 10 percent of its electricity needs from the solar panels.  While solar panels have been applied to large ships like this before, this is the first example where the usefull link levitra generic brand solar energy goes directly to the ship's electrical grid.  The ship's thrusters, hydraulics and steering gear will all receive power from the sun's rays.

Cargo ships of this size can easily use 400 kW of energy while at port, so even though the solar panel installations are only contributing 10 percent of the energy needed, they can still make a big difference.  We did notice that there seemed to be plenty of additional space that could be outfitted with solar panels.  Hopefully if this demonstration goes well, they will increase the number of solar panels and the amount of solar energy being generated by the ship.

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Solar provides power for only operational ship functions IN PORT.
written by The Author, July 07, 2009
The author of this article is a little mislead on what the solar panels actually do viagra shop on very good site generic form of levitra this ship. Tthe panels do nothing involving the propulsion of buy ultram online no prescription the ship. They only provide 10% of operational electricity when the ship is IDLING and IN PORT. Also, there are much more effective and less expensive ways of reducing the fleets carbon emissions that go way beyond what 328 panels can do. There’s a much more through and accurate article concerning this ship written last week here.
written by Corban, July 07, 2009
If solar panels were more durable, perhaps they could be used as flooring. That way, they aren't confined just to awnings and rooftops.
written by Fred, July 09, 2009
Thats cool everything is becoming solar
'Fraid not
written by Andrew, July 09, 2009
No dice on the turbines, zac. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a free lunch - the increase in drag introduced by putting turbines into the water (or in the air) requires more energy to overcome than can be generated.

Unfortunate, those laws of thermodynamics...

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