Energy Use and Emissions Reduction Assessment for Prototype Wind-Assisted Ferries In the S.F. Bay Area

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Advanced Vehicles and Fuels

TSRC is evaluating the performance data for a project with Wind+Wing Technologies of Napa, California to explore the concept of wind-assisted ferry boats for the San Francisco Bay Area. Ferry traffic is expected to increase over time and certain Bay Area ferry routes could benefit from wind-assist power to help reduce the use of diesel fuel. This project will evaluate the fuel use savings in an experimental 24-foot vessel operated on various routes in early 2014 with and without the use of the carbon fiber "wing". These results will then be analyzed for applicability across a full year of operation and also analyzed for fuel use and emission reduction impacts when scaled to potential larger (commercial-scale) ferry boats.

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