Last updated: September 20, 2017 at 3:32 am
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Lucien Malavard, and Bertrand Charrier improved the rotor ship design in order to produce a maximum propelling force in relation to required expenditure of energy. Cousteau’s Turbosail™ conserves energy resources, by providing a propulsion force for a ship in response to wind in order to assist or replace other energy-consuming propulsion means. The new concept was first tested on the experimental vessel Moulin à vent in 1983. The Turbosail™ was refined for Cousteau’s Alcyone (a.k.a. the Daughter of the Wind), which was launched in 1985, and which has served as the flagship of the Cousteau Society since Calypso was sunk in 1996. As of September 2017, Turbosail™ technology is further developed and marketed by Pierre-Yves Cousteau, CEO of Turbosail™.
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