It is not particularly an improvement for the foreward view. I would like to see the radar screen and check the false echo’s. At certain ‘sail’ positions I suppose you also are bound to get massive return echoes.
Econowind BV is a Dutch company that started in December 2016 to develop auxiliary wind propulsion on modern seagoing vessels. A grant from the European Union was obtained through SNN.
Econowind BV designed foldable VentiFoils: wing shaped elements creating very high propelling force relative to its size. Boundary layer suction increases and controls the propulsion force. The goal of the unit is to reduce costs and CO2 emissions by reduction of used motor power.
On captains demand, the Ventifoils deploy. Further sailing is done automatically finding the optimal angles relative to the apparent wind. The generated force will be transferred right into the deck and thus helping with propulsion. To maintain the ships speed, the motor power can be reduced.
It is disappointing that not even some data etc about for instance possible fuel savings can be found on their website. This doesnot boost my confidence I must say.