Wind power that saves money, what a freakin' concept. One problem, the damn kite costs $750,000 so they are going to have to have about 15 months of days under "sail" to break even. MV Beluga might want to work on that part a bit.
"To latch onto the powerful winds prevailing well above the surface, the kite attached to the high-tech steerage unit flies up to 300 meters high to tug the 10,000-tonne ship forward, supporting its diesel engines and cutting fuel consumption. Under favorable wind conditions, the 160-square meter kite shaped like a paraglider is expected to reduce fuel costs by up to 20 percent or more ($1,600 per day)..."
Incidentally, the above two sentences are about all the useful information in the article. MV Beluga attaches kites to freighters, and saves them 20% on gas. The whole rest of the article is "carbon footprint" and climate change bollocks.
I don't care. My container gets across the ocean 20% cheaper, I save twenty bucks on a $100 item. (Yes, I know its not that simple. But ultimately, cost reductions end up in consumer pockets.) Added bonus, less actual pollution gets spewed into the air. You know, poisonous gases. The kind nobody ever seems to talk about anymore, but have not gone away. I don't want to smell fartfull sulfur dioxide any more than the next guy, so here's a way to cut it by 20% and make money, not lose it. Awesome!
The Fartfull Phantom