Saturday, December 5, 2009

San Francisco Ferry Powered by Hybrid Wind Turbine Technology

Representatives from the National Park Service, Major Gavin Newsom’s office, NOAA and Save the Bay were among 85 people gathered to enjoy breakfast aboard the nation’s first hybrid ferry boat. The Hornblower, a wind, solar and diesel powered hybrid vessel, was unveiled this past December. “The profile for the capture of wind energy in the maritime environment is extraordinary. Mankind has been doing it since we first set sail on our earliest sea voyages. This is a natural professional,” commented Professor Reinhold Ziegler, engineer and designer for the Hornblower project. In addition to the twin custom-made Aerotecture Helix wind turbines, the Hornblower boasts state of the art Unisolar laminate photovoltaic technology.

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