CURRENT CONCEPTS

Wind propulsion for cargo ships

planette.be is developing a range of wind propelled fast, zero-emission vessels with a standard chassis easily adaptable for different types of cargo’s (containers, light bulk, cars, cement, exploration cruise, liquid hydrogen,..) , and suitable for fabrication in large series. The concept, named PROPELWIND,  is based on a unique combination of in-house, extended shipbuilding expertise, the state-of-the-art technology from ocean sail racing and hydrogen technology already in operation for marine applications.

Reducing the global fleet emissions by 50% before 2050 is a top – priority nowadays for the shipping industry, with many possible solutions being proposed, all at very high costs and with serious concerns about the ability to deliver on time .

Status:
PROPELWIND carried out in-depth performance studies since 2008, and got presently a robust technical base (including 2 patents), ready to launch the next, industrial phase.
Basic engineering of a catamaran version has been carried out in 2011 – 2012.
Several applications are being pursued actively for a trimaran version, aiming at a first vessel in operation by 2025.

More on www.propelwind.com

Green fuel connector

The shipping industry is working hard to replace oil-based fuels by cleaner products in order to decarbonize industry and comply with zero-emission targets.

Several products are on the table:

  • ammonia
  • hydrogen, compressed or liquid
  • methanol
  • bio-LNG

These products feature a specific risk profile, but for all of them, one of the most dangerous operations is the bunkering (re-filling) where the cargo vessel must be safely connected to- and disconnected from a fuel supply vessel (bunker vessel).

These connection and disconnection operations must be carried out by trained people and involve delicate components, to be handled with strict precautions in order to avoid any gas or liquid leak.

planette.be has developed a concept allowing to have all connection, draining and disconnection operations carried out exclusively by the crew of the bunker vessel from a mobile platform fitted on the bunker vessel.

Status:
planette.be is teaming up with a reputable and creative company to engineer, build and sell the device to the bunkering industry.

Status:
The concept is ready for basic engineering. A comprehensive cost estimate for a unit designed for 500,000 people provides a price range of 1.3 to 1.7 $/m3 of potable water, suitable for niche markets. Potential key partners / investors have been identified.  

Potable water production on a barge

Water scarcity affects already hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and this situation will deteriorate with the global population growth and the effects of climate change.

planette.be  has developed the concept of a barge fitted with a seawater desalination plant, to be moored in coastal areas and energized by an on-board power plant fueled with liquid gas and supplemented by solar panels and wind turbines if available in the area.
The plant and the barge are designed to be built in series on shipyards; the distance from shore ensures naturally a better quality of seawater input than when desalination plants are located onshore.

Fish re-stocking

The oceans population of wild fish is shrinking rapidly due to over-fishing, growing demand of proteins worldwide and the lack of enforceable global rules for the fisheries. Climate change just makes the situation worse.

The concept produces fish juveniles of specific types on re-used jack-up platforms fitted with an aquaculture plant and temporarily located in a depleted area. The juveniles are released on location after they reached a sufficient size for a survival probability about 100,000 times higher than with the natural process from egg to commercial size. The process is maintained on a specific location until the normal fish stock building pattern is restored.

This process helps to re-populate quickly the oceans with commercial wild fishes, to the economical and social benefit of the fisheries. It can also be used to produce efficiently the low-priced wild fishes required to feed the aquaculture industry.

Status:
The concept is based on the very first offshore fish-farm designed by the founder in 1989, in operation until 1996 but vastly simplified. The solution has been developed technically with aquaculture and offshore experts, and is ready for basic engineering. Discussions have started with national authorities for re-stocking their fisheries with depleted fish such as cod, halibut,…