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These 150-foot-high sails could help solve shipping’s climate problem

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Cargo ships are adopting modern, technologically advanced sails—akin to airplane wings or rotors—to cut fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions 
• These sails use AI to optimize their positions to maximize wind usage without much human intervention

🔭 The context: Shipping, reliant on heavy, polluting fuels, accounts for about 3% of global emissions 
• With increasing regulatory pressures, such as the EU's cap-and-trade system for shipping emissions, companies are looking to innovative solutions like sails to meet environmental standards and reduce operational costs

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The adoption of sail technology in shipping not only lessens the environmental impact by reducing emissions but also extends the lifespan of ships 
• This represents a significant shift towards more sustainable maritime transport

⏭️ What's next: The industry is at a pivotal point, with 39 ships already equipped and more adoption expected as the technology transitions from pilot projects to broader application 
• The expansion of sail manufacturing indicates a promising future for this clean technology

💬 One quote: "We’re at an inflection point. We’re going to see this coming very quickly to a larger number of ships,” (Matthew Collette, professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, University of Michigan)

📈 One stat: Ships equipped with new sail technologies can reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions by 10 to 20 percent

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