The purpose of our project is an application of kite based sustainable propulsion. We know historic large ships using sails as main propulsion as well as we can see high-performance modern kiteboards achieving high velocity. Moreover, it is known that work conditions for a kite are much better than for a sail due to stronger and stable winds at significant heights – so why modern vessels don’t use the kite as a main propeller? Effect of scale causes the technical problems with building and operating the large kite, of the area of several thousand square meters. It is possible to achieve required propulsion system on the yacht aforementioned, based on these assumptions and calculations. However, the necessity of having the engine in case of emergency and in ports will cause increase in costs, prescribed by nowadays cost of oil. Using theextended system of kites, tied together, or one large kite as a main propeller may cause many problems with operating with them, especially in bad conditions. Additionally, those sails required more space in hold and complicated system of mounting, winding and folding.
It requires more qualifications from the crew and understanding wind propulsion and technical systems. However, the kite propulsion is the future of wind propulsions or even of the merchant ship propulsion and this branch should be developed and enriched with new units and new researches, which can be able on this vessel. The growing interest in the yacht by the upper classes should push the researches forward to achieve satisfactory results and enable to apply kites widely on merchant ships.
Marlena Ratajska [design, CG]
Krystian Dyczko [hull design, calculations]
Piotr Ptaszkiewic [kite storage system, calculations]
Michał Baurycza [3d model, CG]
Magdalena Szczęch [kite calculations]