Fuelless first ship of our time will go to 6-year-old Cruise
• The first Fuelless ship our time will go to 6-year-old Cruise
Toyota introduced the first in the world (after the ancient sailing) ship, which does not require fuel. And it will not move due to the strained sails, and thanks to the correct use of solar, wind and waves.
To be honest, before the ship under the name Energy Observer was an ordinary sailboat. In 1983, it was built by the engineer Nigel Ayrens to ship raced.
At the first competition he expected to overcome the 500 miles in 24 hours, but after that a sailboat has undergone a series of upgrades and new developments.
Now this is a great and easy catamaran - a length of 30, 5 m and a width of 12, 8 meters. It weighs thus only 28 tons. The ship was not created for the transport of goods on board will only devices and the necessary supplies for the team.
The ship is able to skillfully maneuver and in the sea he will go to study the effectiveness of using sails and solar panels at different levels of rough seas. The hydrogen will be used as a kind of fuel reserve. For its production ground installation adapted electrolysis - salt water is evaporated, and after the liquid is split into hydrogen and oxygen.
Thus, hydrogen remains in special containers from which will be removed as necessary (which is also part of the experiment).
To be able to evaluate all the pros and cons of the innovative ship, it will go to 6-year journey during which will visit 50 countries. Voyage will start next year.
Why Toyota took up such an expensive project? The company is profitable, we are talking about the prestige and development of new technologies. A hydrogen power plants that are hallmarks of the ship, are widely used in heavy duty vehicles Toyota.