DHL has supported a project the students of the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He calls Water Strider, and it is the first autonomous solar-powered boat,designed specifically for express delivery.
The volume of cargo carried by sea is constantly growing. According to DHL, in 2014 16 biggest cargo ships transported by sea and channels the same amount of goods,as it did all the cars in the world. Moreover, almost all of the existing logistics chain, including marine, based on vehicles with internal combustion engines. This is generally detrimental to the environment,and fuel costs play an important role in the formation of prices for services of carriers. Require new solutions and new technologies – for example, solar energy, which is already available, but not yet involved in an industrial scale.
The developers believe,that DHL Water Strider will become the flagship of the next delivery generation service. Everywhere develop a technology drones and autonomous vehicles that do not require the presence of the driver. However, most cities in the world have access to waterways – 85% of European capitals are located on the canals and rivers – and it is here will needed the fast, quiet and environmentally friendly boats, for that does not require anything other than the sun.
The main feature of DHL Water Strider up hydrofoils, adjustable for different modes of navigation. Boats equipped with 12 square meters of solar panels, which provide 8 kw / h of energy, and cargo compartment volume of 5 cubic meters, which fits the load as much as able to translate the medium-sized vehicle. The creators of the project have been awarded and guaranteed by DHL,what the prototype will be built Water Strider.
Designers : Oliver Lehtonen and Philippe Hohlfeld
Concept yacht of the future
Cruise ship of the future