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  • 2016 August 25 15:20

    Norsepower receives €2.6m funding to develop the world’s largest rotor sail

    Norsepower  Oy  Ltd. ,  the  leading  provider  of  low - maintenance,  software  operated,  and  data  verified  auxiliary  wind  propulsion  systems, has  been  selected  to  receive  €2.6M in funding  to further  its research and  development of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution technology. 

    The new models of the technology  will include  the  world’s largest  ever  Flettner rotor. Awarded  by  both  the  European  Commission,  and  the Finnish  Government’s f unding  a gency for  Innovation,  Tekes , the funding will  be used by  Norsepower  to optimise  its  Rotor Sail  Solution to  deliver greater fuel savings and  enhanced ROI.

    The new  Rotor Sail  models will be  ideally suited for tankers, bulk carriers,  large ro - pax, and  full size passenger vessels where smaller Rotor Sails would  be  inefficient  for  achieving  the  most impressive fuel  savings. The  new  models  will  be  designed to be suitable for ships voyaging  globally, including the  Northern Hemisphere and Arctic  regions  that  have  not yet seen  auxiliary wind propulsion despite ha ving favourable wind conditions. 

    The  record - breaking Rotor Sail model  is planned  to be 30m  in height and 5m in diameter, with a  maximum main - engine equivalent power out put  of more than four  megawatts (MW).  Funding  from  Tekes  will  also  support  the  development  and  inclusion  of  multi - functional  features  within the system  that  may have otherwise not been possible,  and  will accelerate the new Rotor  Sails’ time to market.

    Additionally, the European  Commission  funding, which  Norsepower  has been  selected to receive  from the EU  under its  Horizon 2020  Framework Programme for Research and  Innovation, will  support  manufacturing,  assembling,  land  testing,  fine  tuning, and  piloting  of  Norsepower’s  medium - size (24 m in height x 4 m in diameter) Rotor Sail model.

    About Norsepower

    Norsepower  Oy  Ltd  is  a  Finnish  clean  technology  and  engineering  company  pioneering  the  generation of renewable wind energy for the global maritime industry. Norsepower is the leading  provider  of  low - maintenance,  software  operated,  and  data  verified  auxiliary  wind propulsion systems. 

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