As the planet struggles to find new solutions to battle climate change, many researchers are looking to the past for less toxic transportations solutions. Enter the new wPCC (Wind-Powered Car Carrier) that is in development now by a research consortium out of Sweden. This project aims to pave the way for a paradigm shift in maritime transport by demonstrating that this new transport concept is possible within 3-5 years.
Cutting carbon output by as much as 90%, this sailing cargo vessel is powered by the wind, with 80 meter high sails. A transatlantic crossing with wPCC will take around twelve days, compared with the seven days it takes conventional vessels. This initial design is capable of carrying up to 7,000 vehicles.
While it’s been exciting to see the rapid development of green transportation options in other sectors, ocean going freighters have lagged well behind. We’re pleased to see such a seemingly viable solution in development.
If you want to follow the development of the wPCC, you can keep up to date over on the Wallenius Marine blog.