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NYK-Nippon Oil Joint Project : Using Solar Power for Ship Propulsion The World First Solar-Powered Ship Sails

January 5, 2009
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Nippon Oil Corporation

Three chairmen at the ceremony

On December 19, Auriga Leader (60,213 gross tons), which is a solar-power-assisted car carrier installed with a system developed by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK; head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president: Koji Miyahara) and Nippon Oil Corporation (Nippon Oil; head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; president: Shinji Nishio), sailed from Kobe port.

Before sailing, Fujio Cho, chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation (head office; Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture: president; Katsuaki Watanabe), the cargo owner of the ship, who was on board as a guest, Takao Kusakari, chairman of NYK, Fumiaki Watari, chairman of Nippon Oil, and others celebrated the start of the system and held a ceremony to mark the first transition to solar electric power. The three chairmen pushed the starting button for the 328 sheets of solar panels and confirmed that the system started generating solar-powered electricity.

NYK and Nippon Oil will conduct field experiments to verify that the electric power supply can maintain stable propelling in the hard conditions of actual navigation. And for another two years the system will be checked for its endurance against saltwater damage, wind pressure, and constant vibrations, and for its mix of solar power and ship-generated power. We aim at realizing a solar-powered ship.

Auriga Leader sailed from Kobe.

[Particulars of Auriga Leader]

Length Overall : 199.99 m
Breadth : 32.26 m
Depth : 34.52 m
Capacity : 6,200 cars
Deadweight Tonnage : 18,758 tons
Gross Tonnage : 60,213 tons
Builder : Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.




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