Was attempting to verify the claims of Santos that “Skysails 100” is in operation. Googleized it. Found this article in Forbes:
Sounds good - more “news of the future”. What do you think? Is a “Golden Age of Sailing” about to emerge? Will these sails become mainstream?
Most of the ideas presented are not AWE, just advanced designs for faster, taller sails. There’s a mention of “rotating cylinders”. But that concept is long-disproven, using more energy in rotation than the “sails” provide in propulsion. It was determined that the extra energy was better applied to the existing propellers. But does that stop them? No, like another squirrel trying to figure out how to get into the very desirable Squirellinator™ trap, they want to use a proven bad idea. Same trap, different day… Some things never change.
What I find striking with regard to AWE is how little knowledge these outsider, third-party, supposed “experts” have, showing absolutely no idea what they are talking about.
Reminds me of articles still promoting Magenn long after it had become a laughingstock, or presenting the Altaeros Flying Donut, as current, cutting edge info, years after it had already been abandoned.
By the way, I was an early proponent of kites pulling ships, back in the 1980’s .
Ever notice how all airborne wind energy “news” is always “in the future”?
OK here’s some more “News”:
It says Skysails has to outperform the failed Makani project, with their future project on the island in the Indian Ocean.
By way of explanation, it also delineates two (2) symptoms of “The Professor Crackpot Syndrome” that they now figured out afflicted McBlarney:
- Going too big, too fast, believing people won’t take it seriously unless it is way too big for an early prototype;
- No overspeed protection.
One of my slogans for the past couple of decades, even before the current AWE hype cycle, has been:
“Overspeed protection is not the main thing, it’s the ONLY thing.”
This has been resolutely resisted and denied by well er um “certain people” who will go unmentioned but you can guess.
Sounds like Makani figured that one out with the help of an actual experienced wind person: Fort Felker