P1_7 Row, Let's Row Away

Oliver East, Emma Longstaff, Chak Li, Mark Fletcher


This paper investigates the potential, energy difference between flying to a destination, compared to rowing to it. i.e. the energy burned per passenger on an airplane, compared to a passenger rowing across the sea to the destination. The destinations we consider are from London Heathrow to New York JFK airport, and we found that for a Boeing 747 and an Airbus A380, the energy used is 6069.1 MJ and 5677.8 MJ respectively. The amount of energy to row the distance in a single lightweight scull was found to be 128.67 MJ; in comparison to the Airbus the rower uses approximately 98% less energy.

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