P3_12 The Age of Sail

Michael McNally, Allen Phong, Robert Pierce, Thomas Searle


The maximum speed of a cargo ship powered entirely by wind is examined and found to be around 50% of wind speed, evaluating to between 5 and 8 knots. Available solar power is also examined as a comparison and shown to give an increase in speed. It is shown to be feasible to power a ship with renewable power but only if speed is a minimal concern.

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