We're proud to say that the Hull Vane last week got the second place in the Dutch engineering award for ingenuity called "Vernufteling". On the photo you see Hull Vane inventor Peter van Oossanen explaining how the Hull Vane works.
The jury praised Van Oossanen for the Hull Vane design as the substantial reduction of fuel consumption gives a sustainable answer to the growing need for energy savings in the maritime sector. Peter van Oossanen was complimented for his perseverance in developing and optimizing the Hull Vane in the last 12 years up to the market-ready product it now is. Also important was that the Hull Vane is very exportable and already has been applied on several types of vessels with proven results.
The winning invention was a vertical greenhouse façade for buildings, which produces fresh vegetables and clean air at the same time. The newly elected "Engineer of the year", Allard van Hoeken, works on affordable tidal power. So all top spots in the ‘Day of the Engineer’ election were claimed by environmentally friendly technologies.
The Hull Vane is a fuel saving device in the form of a fixed foil, located below the stern of a ship. It influences the stern wave pattern and creates hydrodynamic lift, which is partially oriented forward. This results in fuel savings ranging from 5 to 20% on suitable ships, such as ferries, fast supply vessels, superyachts and naval ships. The Hull Vane was invented by Dr. Ir. Peter van Oossanen and is protected by patents in all major shipbuilding countries.
The ‘Vernufteling’ election is organized yearly by the KIVI, the Dutch Royal Organization of Engineers. On the ‘Day of the Engineer’, the 18th of March 2015, the award was granted.