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A transatlantic wind-powered cargo ship will be built

Wind is great. It’s proving to be one of the most useful forms of renewable energy of our generation and is helping nations reduce reliance on coal and fossil fuels to generate power.

When it comes to wind, in most cases we need to use massive turbines to convert moving air into kinetic energy that can then be converted into electrical energy using inverters and generators. That power then finds its way directly to the grid to charge our electric cars and boats, or we can store it in batteries to use later.

That’s all kind of cumbersome, it takes a lot of time and energy to build wind farms and infrastructure, and that then comes with a maintenance overhead. Imagine if we could harness the power of wind directly.

Think about it, why spend all that time and money when we can just have our cars or boats propelled forward by the wind?

We could put huge pieces of material, like fixed kites, to catch the wind and drag ourselves forward. In fact, that’s what one group of Swedish engineers has done with its latest car transporting sea vessel.

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