Ocean shipping is the life line of the global economy, but ships emit over 20 million tons of greenhouse gas annually. Conventional freighters burn extremely polluting fuel and are not inclined to make transformation unless an outside entity leads the way. Pacific Sky Power Sustainable Shipping is focused on innovation. It is our mission to implement sustainable methods for clean, environmentally friendly shipping.
While we have received strong interest in Sustainable Shipping to-date, it is critical to the success of this project to have the support of individuals like you. The main goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to grow our team as a grass roots effort and raise funds to complete phase 1. This is a multi-level project to bring back wind-power as a viable source of propulsion for ocean shipping. In the next 5 years, full sized ships will be developed and Sustainable Shipping will begin.
The stretch goal for this Kickstarter campaign is $10,000. The more money we raise here, the faster we'll be able to implement this critically important technology. Ocean shipping is one of the biggest polluters on the planet and since the industrial revolution it has been powered by burning fossil fuel.
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Power Sustainable Shipping
On the high seas, wind is the most abundant energy source but commercial freighters no longer harness this power. Fuel burning freighter ships are currently used because they are the most cost effective way to transport goods across the ocean. Shipping ports have developed to service these vessels which are proportionally long and narrow. Our ships will be compatible with existing port facilities but at the same time have the ability to deploy and retract industrial sized sails. Catamaran ships under sail power can carry heavy loads efficiently but their wide stance would be problematic at most shipping ports. To achieve high efficiency ocean transportation and port compatibility, ships will use telescoping members to expand for sailing performance at sea and retract for hassle free port maneuvering. Some conventional methods may be needed but with the combined use of cleaner fuels, sleeker hull shapes, and sails, a tremendous reduction in fossil fuel consumption is possible.
In the next 5 years, we are planning to build full size ships and start sail powered shipping from the West Coast to Hawaii, over to Asia and back to the US.
Phase 1. Prototype Development &Trials, 2014 - 2015
Phase 2. Engineer Full Size Ships, 2015 - 2016
Phase 3. Ship Construction, 2016 - 2018
Phase 4. Ocean Trials, 2018 - 2020
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The Cat 30 prototype in the video, is a model for a 300 ft ship capable of carrying 210, 20 ft shipping containers. The Cat 30 is a 30 inch long prototype ship and it needs steering control to conduct more sail power trials. This will involve fabricating rudders and installing a radio controlled servo. The Cat 60 will be a fully operational 60 inch long prototype with all actions operable through radio control. This will enable us to conduct realistic ocean trials and calculate fuel use on different sailing courses and wind conditions.
Cat 60 Construction – The main portion of hulls will be shaped out of foam. The top level of hulls will house cross members along with expand and contract drives. A custom telescoping mast will be developed along with the boom and other sail rigging. A rudder system and propulsion motors will be installed to complete the Cat 60 prototype.
Cat 60 Ocean Trials - Using radio control the ship operator will control all ship actions. The ship will be loaded to simulate real shipping and we will test in different wind conditions and sailing courses. Motorized drives will expand the ship for increased stability. After locking into a wide stance, sail rigging will be deployed and tested on all courses.
End Goal - The end goal of this project is to operate a fleet of sustainable freighter ships and grow the business based on available wind energy. Industrial sized sails will be used on primarily downwind courses and with sleek hull shapes, our ships will travel efficiently to pre-determined port destinations.
Phase 2. Engineering
Ship Design Analysis - Through close study and careful planning, we will optimize engineering designs for full scale ships.
Finite Element Analysis
Basic & Advanced Structural Analysis
Propulsion System Analysis
Waterborne Transportation Analysis
Maintenance Management Studies
Failure Modes & Effects Analysis
Operational & Capital Cost Analysis
Electrical Engineering - Electrical engineering will include: expand and contract drives, sail rigging drives, rudder system drives, and all other electronics.
Preliminary & Detailed Design
Fault Current Analysis
Protective Device Coordination Studies
Integrated System Design
Power System Analysis
Naval Architectural - Naval architectural will include: hull, sails, rudders and cross member supports.
Design Study Reports & Feasibility Studies
Hull Development, Definition & Fairing
Structural Design & Advanced Analysis including FEA
Developing 3D Models
Construction Cost Estimating
Phase 3. Ship Construction - After completing detailed ship engineering, ship construction will start in Seattle Washington. The outcome of ship engineering will determine construction methods. After locating and securing a suitable base yard, ship construction will begin with the hulls and cross members. After competing these, a crane will be used to aid in assembly. With the hulls and cross members together, a hydraulic system will be installed and expand and retract performance will be tested. The mast and other sail rigging will be fabricated and connected with hydraulics. The bridge tower and living quarters will constructed and installed. The rudder and all other systems will be installed to complete ship construction.
Phase 4. Ocean Trials - Safety is our top priority with ocean trials. Specialized safety protocol will be developed to address all risk factors with our new ship. Trials will begin around Seattle for initial validation. After running through a broad and extensive testing program, the first open ocean trials will be conducted. We will then set up our first shipping business to transport goods under sail power.
Dan Tracy, Dan Tracy founded Pacific Sky Power in 2011 to innovate clean energy solutions. Today, Pacific Sky Power wind turbines are popular for charging batteries and learning about wind power. Dan's passion for alternative kite powered ocean transportation, earned an innovation award from the state of Hawaii and today a similar system is available for small boats. As this project progresses, additional team members will be brought on to form a complete ocean shipping business at Pacific Sky Power.
John D. Selleck, Consultant, former Director of Strategic Development for Matson and consultant with the Maritime Group (Honolulu), is a visionary executive with extensive experience in maritime, alternative energy, Hawai’i operations, finance, strategy, and business development. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics from UC Berkeley and Columbia University, respectively.
Chris Tracy, Mechanical Engineer/ Project Adviser, Chris Tracy worked for NASA designing tools for astronauts for 8 years, He currently works with the US Department of Transportation helping to improve fuel efficiency for air traffic. Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Early R&D - In the last 5 years our R&D has been featured on Hawaii Public Radio, Alaska Fish Radio, KITV4 News, KGMB9 News and written up in the Bangor Daily, Maui Times, Molokai Times, Gizmag and the Seattle Times.
We are planning continued work with university students and will have a number of different internship opportunities including engineering design, fabrication and crew for Sustainable Shipping trials. All inquiries can email email@example.com
Risks and challenges
Pacific Sky Power is planning Seattle based manufacturing and R&D for job creation and sustainability for years to come. Developing sail powered shipping is a massive undertaking, but every project needs a beginning and Kickstarter provides opportunity for all. Our ships will use folding cross members and a telescoping mast. Given the size and unprecedented nature of this project, there are risks involved with our development.
Additional Capital Raising - The development budget for Pacific Sky Power Sustainable Shipping is over $10 million. As we progress forward, project funding will be raised through more Kickstarter campaigns, grants and traditional bank financing.
Sustainable Shipping Business – To give sustainable shipping the best shot at becoming a viable business in today’s competitive market, we must maximize our ability to harness the wind and this means using very large sails and selecting courses with reliable prevailing winds. The West Coast to Hawaii and other outlying islands, Hawaii to Asia and back to the US. When using a fleet of ships, delivery could be as steady as conventional shipping. Launch a ship a day and unload a ship a day at the destination.
Innovative Approach to An Old Idea - Since the industrial revolution, burning fossil fuel has become the most cost effective way to transport goods across the ocean. Today, with fuel costs rising and the threats of global warming, it is our primary objective to make wind powered shipping economically viable once again. After validating our technology, a large segment of other shipping companies may follow to reduce costs, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This will help stabilize costs for everyone and promote stability worldwide.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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