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Release date- 29052014 - A British sailor is teaming up with researchers from Imperial to develop a zero-carbon energy system for the yacht he aims to race around the world.
Although wind is the obvious essential factor in keeping a racing yacht moving, the energy system - powering the autopilot, navigation systems and the water maker device that converts seawater into drinking water - is also critical for performance.
If the team achieve their aims, this will be the first zero-carbon, fully-sustainable racing yacht to complete a round-the-world race such as the
A round-the-world race yacht needs to be tough, self-sufficient and highly reliable in such an extreme, isolated environment. The project aims to demonstrate the competitiveness of the latest renewable energy technologies against conventional fossil fuelled systems in these challenging conditions.
The work on the yacht's energy system will draw on the knowledge of specialists at Imperial involved in the latest innovations in hydrogen fuel cell, energy storage and solar technologies. The researchers will be examining the potential of a range of renewable technologies including wind, solar, and water power.
Phil Sharp said: 'I am very excited to be working with Imperial and the EFL, a technical centre of excellence that includes some of the country's leading researchers in solar power, energy storage and fuel cell technology.
'At the heart of a round-the-world race yacht is the energy system, which powers the autopilot, navigation systems and water makers. Having a reliable, low-weight, efficient and sustainable energy system is critical if you want to be competitive in such an endurance race. Based on initial studies carried out by EFL I believe that it is now possible to achieve these objectives effectively using a zero-emission system thanks to recent innovations.
'As part of the development we are carrying out climatology studies that look at radiation data along typical
The team is currently putting together a community of interest and reaching out to corporate partners that can benefit from the association with a powerful innovation platform breaking new grounds in energy management.
For more information visit www.philsharpracing.com
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