Norsepower makes its rotor sails tiltable to overcome height restrictions in navigation

first_imgHowever, the routes involve navigating under multiple bridges and powerlines which require the technology to have a tilting function. Based on the analysis of the ship’s routes, Norsepower estimates that its technology would be able to achieve a carbon emissions reduction of 25% for this vessel. “We are delighted to be working with SEA-CARGO, not only as they are keen to demonstrate their commitment to maximising the propulsive power of wind to reduce emissions, but also for their cooperation and innovation in making tilting Rotor Sails a realisation,” Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower, said. Preparations for the retrofit on the SC Connector are currently taking place with the installation scheduled for Q4 2020, Norsepower said. “With a growing international focus on reducing CO2 emissions and other gases/particles – the ability to harness wind to generate energy, reduce fuel consumption and emissions is a natural next step for the maritime transport industry,” Ole Sævild, Managing Director, SEA-CARGO, added. The SC Connector, a 12,251 gross tonne (GT) Ro-Ro cargo vessel operates in the North Sea, which allows for some of the most favourable wind conditions for Rotor Sails. Developed in tandem by the two companies, the 35m high and 5m wide Rotor Sails are able to tilt to almost horizontal when required.   The agreement also heralds the installation of the world’s first tiltable Rotor Sail, an innovation that has resulted from the need to adapt the technology to the sailing requirements of the ship.center_img It is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor, a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship. “Rotor Sails are particularly well suited to Ro-Ro vessels and working with SEA-CARGO to deliver a tilting Rotor Sail ensures we are providing an adaptable solution which fits with particular vessel requirements, specifically demonstrating vessels with height restrictions to benefit from the Rotor Sail solution.” “The goal of this project has been to design more environmentally friendly vessels by combining several existing technologies. In good wind conditions, the sailing hybrid vessel will maintain regular service speed by sail alone.” The Norsepower Rotor Sail is fully automated and detects whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel and emission savings, at which point the Rotor Sails start automatically. Finnish cleantech company Norsepower and logistics provider SEA-CARGO have inked a deal to install two of Norsepower’s largest Rotor Sails onboard the SC Connector, a side door Ro-Ro. It can be fitted on both new ships and those already in operation.last_img read more

Badgers blow out helpless Hoosiers

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoBefore Indiana snapped the ball on offense, it was down a timeout and three points. It was merely a sign of the struggles to come. The Badgers (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten), behind an array of looks at running back who combined for 279 rushing yards, thumped the Hoosiers (5-4, 2-4 Big Ten) 33-3 Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. P.J. Hill set the tempo early on, rushing for 57 yards on 12 carries and a first-quarter touchdown to give Wisconsin a 10-0 lead before leaving the game for good with what head coach Bret Bielema called a “bruised top of his foot.” In Hill’s place, sophomore Lance Smith rushed for a career-best 79 yards and two second-half touchdowns on 15 carries. From the outset, Indiana’s high-powered spread offense that had scored at least 14 points in every game this season looked lifeless. It went three-and-out on its first series — this after calling a timeout before its first offensive play — and managed 18 yards of total offense in the first quarter. “As an offense, it makes you a lot more comfortable and puts you in a comfort zone knowing that you can stick to your game plan and not get out of whack,” UW quarterback Tyler Donovan said of how the defense’s play allowed the offense to stick with the running game. Then the sloppy play set in. Indiana running back Josiah Sears fumbled away a drive on the Hoosiers’ next possession. It was one of five turnovers forced by the Badger defense — a unit that had seven takeaways on the season coming in. “We were creating those turnovers,” Bielema said. “You see guys attacking the football. … which carried over to turnovers. There were some big hits, sound collisions and two guys to the ball.” Wisconsin used a nine-play, 40-yard drive capped by a Taylor Mehlhaff 41-yard field goal to jump out to the early lead. Going back to what worked, the Badgers utilized nine rushes by Hill to charge down the field and build a two-possession lead when the sophomore tailback punched it in from inside the 1-yard line on fourth down. Thanks to Hill and company’s bruising runs, the Badgers controlled the ball for 12:21 in the opening frame, and 35:23 during the game. The defense did its part as well. Some of the biggest playmakers in the Big Ten — receiver James Hardy and quarterback Kellen Lewis — were held in check throughout. “The spread was basically haunting us all year and we came out great against them with a great quarterback and great receiver threat, and we came out ready to play, ready to take on that challenge,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said.Hardy, who had 11 touchdowns and 748 receiving yards entering Saturday’s game, finished with a season-low 17 yards on four catches. He also fumbled away a reception when the Hoosiers were down 17-3 and driving in the third quarter. “With the defense, we really had the idea that we wanted [Indiana] to play left-handed,” Bielema said. “We wanted to take away what they do best, kind of dictate the flow of the game.”I thought our guys really flew to the football.”It appeared as though the Hoosiers’ string of bad luck was over when running back Marcus Thigpen dashed 84 yards into the end zone to cut the Badgers’ lead to 17-9. But it only worsened their predicament.Hardy was called for a holding penalty downfield, and Thigpen, who assumed the run counted, was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for his touchdown celebration. Instead of kicking the point after, Indiana faced a third-and-17 from its own 12-yard line. As was the trend all day — UW held IU to 4 of 14 on third down conversions — the Hoosiers were stopped and forced to punt. Linebacker DeAndre Levy doesn’t know if that play would have gone in Wisconsin’s favor a few weeks ago, given the defense’s struggles at that point in time. “That’s a play that never gets called back a few weeks back,” he said. “We’re looking, praying that it gets called back. But the (refs) made a good call catching Hardy on the [hold].”The Badgers wasted little time taking advantage of the Hoosiers’ errors, pounding the ball 78 yards to boost their lead to 24-3 on Smith’s 6-yard run.Lewis never got into a groove, finishing 17-of-33 with 113 passing yards and 59 rushing yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble. Then again, neither did Donovan. The UW senior signal caller failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game and extended his streak of games with a pick to six. Late in the second quarter he stared down receiver Paul Hubbard and cornerback Tracy Porter stepped underneath to pick the pass off at the goal line. Indiana capitalized on Donovan’s mistake by scoring its only points of the day — a 49-yard field goal from the leg of Austin Starr on its ensuing possession. Freshman running back Zach Brown picked up his first collegiate touchdown in the second quarter to give Wisconsin a 17-0 lead. He finished with a personal best 40 yards on 14 carries. “He’s not a freshman anymore. He has really settled into the way he’s prepared,” Bielema said. “And the way he handled the game today, the way he ran the football, protecting it, speaks volumes for him in the future.”last_img read more

Shaw admits to fabricating injury story

first_imgSenior cornerback and co-captain Josh Shaw has been indefinitely suspended from all football activities after he admitted to lying about the nature of the ankle injuries he suffered on Saturday night.Just joshin’ · USC senior defensive back Josh Shaw has admitted that he did not in fact suffer injuries to both ankles while saving the life of his drowning nephew. Shaw, who is suspended, had four interceptions last season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanOn Sunday, USC Athletics released a statement saying that Shaw was out after suffering two high ankle sprains sustained after jumping off a balcony at a family function in Palmdale, California. The statement claimed that Shaw jumped in order to save his nephew from drowning in a pool below.The fabricated story garnered national attention, and Shaw was lauded as a hero by his teammates and the media.But following Tuesday morning’s practice, head coach Steve Sarkisian disclosed that USC received phone calls questioning the validity of the story and that the Athletic Department would investigate.Despite the media firestorm that ensued, coaches and players reaffirmed their faith in Shaw’s character, stating that he had always demonstrated integrity both on and off the field.On Tuesday evening, ABC 7 news aired a phone interview with Shaw’s sister, Asia. She vouched for her brother and reiterated his story about injuring himself while jumping from a balcony, despite admitting that she was not present at the family function.More conflicting information emerged when Shaw was named in an Los Angeles Police Department report on Wednesday morning. Officers responded to a woman screaming in her apartment on the 500 block of Figueroa Street on Saturday night. The woman identified herself as Shaw’s girlfriend and witnesses described a man with dreadlocks fleeing from the balcony, which matches Shaw’s description.According to the Los Angeles Times, Shaw came to USC’s Athletic Department on Wednesday afternoon with his family and his lawyer and admitted to fabricating the entire story about rescuing his nephew.“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” Sarkisian told USCTrojans.com. “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries.”Sarkisian explained further.“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Though this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”Shaw issued the following statement via his lawyer, Donald Etra: “On Saturday August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part. My USC coaches, the USC Athletic Department, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful.”Etra has also represented celebrities such as Snoop Dogg and Rihanna in high profile cases.According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Shaw hired Etra on Wednesday as a precaution. As of now, there is no criminal investigation involving Shaw.“I’m confident he was not running from anything,” Etra told Feldman.USC’s Athletic Department issued an apology for running the original story and has since removed the article from its website.last_img read more