We need greener shipping power say engineers
Mention nuclear power and ships in the same sentence and you’re more likely to think Navy submarine than a goods tanker. But nuclear-propelled ships are one idea being mulled over by engineers this week as the future of low carbon shipping.
Shipping accounts for around one billion tonnes of the world’s emissions every year, 3% of the world’s total according to the EU and this is set to grow.
Some researchers are already looking into developing new energy efficient ships.
Now the Royal Academy of Engineering has declared that the shipping industry needs to develop greener ways to power their vessels.
After running a survey of current and future marine technology, a working party of more than 20 engineers found shipping has “great potential” to slash its environmental impact with new and modified propulsion technologies.
They measured existing and possible new power sources against two objectives: energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
The report called ‘Future Ship Powering Options: Exploring alternative methods of ship propulsion’ found in the short term liquid natural gas (LNG) could be cheaper than the current favorite, diesel, if better global infrastructure could be built.
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Source: Energy Live News