The Auriga Leader

The Auriga Leader, photo credit: nyk.com

The Auriga Leader, photo credit: nyk.com

We’ve written about cloud ships, biofuel-powered speed boats, and solar-powered aircraft – it was only a matter of time before we brought up solar-powered ships. The Auriga Leader, weighing in at 60,213 gross tons, is a solar-power-assisted car carrier installed with a system developed by NYK and Nippon Oil Corporation.

Having completed successful voyages, NYK and Nippon Oil will continue to conduct field experiments to verify that the electric power supply can maintain stable propelling in the hard conditions of actual navigation. For around 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. The ultimate aim is to make the solar-powered ship a reality.

We will follow the Auriga Leader’s progress here, but you can read the full press release here.