A cruise ship inspired by Nature and designed for maximum sustainability is planned to take to the seas in 2020 for the Olympics in Tokyo. The Ecoship project is designed by Oliver Design for the organisation Peace Boat and features whale-inspired hydrodynamic hull, a closed-loop water system, retractable solar sails.
The eco-vessel obtains power from 10 retractable wind generators and 10 retractable photovoltaic sails. The sails will produce up to 10% of the propulsion power. Vertical farms will be established to produce vegetables for voyagers. Organic waste will be composted to fertilize plants.
The Ecoship is expected to mark around 30 percent carbon dioxide reduction against current cruise ship designs. As well as a 20 percent cut of propulsion energy and 50 percent cuts on electricity load, according to Ecoship.
The ship will serve as a vessel to spread awareness about environmental sustainability around the world. It will also be a center for conducting ocean, climate, and green marine technology research.
View Slideshow Peace Boat has been sailing the world since 1983, laboring to build a culture of peace through education – and they just unveiled a new Ecoship that could take to the seas in 2020.
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