Norsepower – your provider of push button auxiliary wind propulsion
The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernized version of the
Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness
wind power to propel a ship. When the wind conditions are favourable, Norsepower Rotor Sails allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time. Rotor sails can be used with new vessels or they can be retrofitted to existing ships.
The sea trials of Norsepower's first prototype Rotor Sail were started in November 2014 on board Bore's 9,700 DWT Ro-Ro carrier MS Estraden. Based on the successful sea trials, the technology has potential for fuel savings of up to 20% for vessels with multiple, large rotors traveling on favourable wind routes.
In September 2015 the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution won the Energy Efficiency Solution Award in annual Ship Efficiency Awards, organized by Fathom Maritime Intelligence. In June 2016 the product was awarded with the Innovation of the Year Award at the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards.