[…] Described as “possibly the greatest evolution in boats since the advent of steam,” an ingenuously simple concept that combines sun and wind power with sophisticated computer systems is set to transform the future of navigation.
Solar sailing — the idea of using solar and wind energy to propel ships — can cut a ship’s fuel costs by up to 90 percent and significantly lower its environmental impact. The new technology, which is already used in Sydney Harbor, can be applied to everything from cruise ships to 500,000-tonne water transport tankers and small unmanned military vessels. […]
This is the kind of thinking that may yet save us from self-imposed extinction.