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Nissan has unveiled a new energy-efficient cargo ship for carrying its cars around the world. The Nichioh Maru features solar panels for powering the ships LED lighting system, a low-friction coating on the hull and cialis non prescription an electronically-controlled diesel engine that optimizes fuel consumption. Compared to http://www.markwellgroup.com.au/cialis-from-canadian-pharmacy a conventional car carrier of its size, the Nichioh Maru will save 1,400 tons of viagra overnight delivery fuel and prevent the emission of 4,200 tons of CO2 each year.

The Nichioh Maru is how can i buy viagra in canada the the best place high quality viagra first Japanese cargo ship to be outfitted with solar panels. The ship's deck is covered by 281 panels for powering the LED lights through the hold and crew quarters, eliminating the need for a diesel-fueled generator. The ship began its first voyage on January 27 and will begin carrying as many as 1,380 cars along the Japanese coast to Oppama Wharf, Kobe and Kyushu.

This isn't Nissan's first foray into energy-efficient car carriers. It also uses The City of St. Petersburg ship to transport its LEAF vehicles around Europe. That cargo ship is designed to reduce fuel use by 800 tons and cut CO2 emissions by 2,500 tons per year compared to carriers of its size.

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Oh, wow.
written by Fencerdave, February 03, 2012
I've never been much of a Nissan fan (I kind of think the cars look silly), but at this point, I'm just impressed.

Who knows? Maybe there will be a Leaf in my future...
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written by Jeff Birks, February 03, 2012
That's impressive fuel savings, but I can't help wondering the costs and material requirements for keeping the panels clean.
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written by Connor Lidell, February 04, 2012
Jeff, What does it take to keep panels clean?
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Worth noting.
written by Fencerdave, February 05, 2012
The problem here is salt water. Panels on land are very easy to buy cialis online cialis keep clean, but everything on the boat gets salty.
I don't know how much of an issue that would cost or be an issue, but it is worth thinking about.
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written by sailrick, February 06, 2012
Skysails makes parasails for ships that can cut fuel costs by 10%-30% and even more under the only here viagra online shop uk right conditions. They can produce 6,500 horsepower.

And they are relatively cheap, at about $250,000 for the system, that can be retrofitted to existing ships.
When you consider that Cape size bulk carriers were leasing for up to $125,000 a day before the recession, it doesn't seem like much.

Another company called Kiteship is also in this business, though I don't think they've done kites big enough for ships yet.

Megayacht builders have shown interest.

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written by Jeff Birks, February 06, 2012
Another complication is aligning the cells. On land cells are positioned to optimize energy collection, and in some cases they track the movement of the sun. On the ocean there may be a degree of viagra from canadian pharmacy rolling that lowers efficiency (that said on buy cheap generic levitra a boat this size it wouldn't be a problem under normal conditions).
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How much power is cheap no perscription viagra this thing putting out.
written by Collin Bell, February 06, 2012
This is awesome that Nissan has taken this initiative, but from working at a power plant myself, it makes me wonder how cost effective this type of design is, because the sad truth is that companies will not implement technologies like this unless the viagra label market drives it.
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written by Ronald Brak, February 06, 2012
I'll just put in my 1.88 Australin cents on a few points that have been raised:

With regards to keeping them clean, generally just rain is relied upon to clean solar panels.

Corrosion is certainly a problem at sea, but the ship builders have no doubt accounted for this. One of the first commerical appliations of solar cells on earth was on ocean bouys, so there has been a fair bit of experience with this sort of thing.

Solar panels are definitely cost effective, as the energy they generate would otherwise come from oil which is quite expensive. I imagine this is why small solar panel systems are now quite common on cargo ships.
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written by Matt, February 09, 2012
This is a case where two would be even better then one.
1) The solar panels for lights pays off because much they are much cheaper than running a generator. Plus cleaner air both at sea and in port.
2) Sails are making a big comeback, double so on long distance trips (say Japan to US or Europe).

Now which one "pays off" first. They both have a fast payback in this case. My guess is (2) is a bit faster, but (1) has the extra good will of not adding to levitra overnite air pollution while in port.

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