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Microsoft Joins the Tech Race to Deduce Fuel Emissions

Tiffany Parker

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Almost every day at noon, the world’s fleet of commercial maritime ships inform about the conditions of the weather, speed and their position. This is the fundamental way to keep a record of the amount of fuel the ships burn every day and how they can use less fuel and be on the budget. The maritime vessels follow this routine for over 200years now. There is always a better way to use less fuel. World’s huge technical firms are researching on the idea of the use of less fuel. The price of fuel is reaching sky limits since January after the announcement of the new shipping rules. Many countries have started to invest in labs and researches to find ways for using less fuel. One such is the New York startup that uses artificial intelligence for the use of fuel functionality on ships. M12, the venture arm of Microsoft declared a fund of $11 million to the nautilus lab in New York.

Similar projects are occurring all over the world. As announced by California’s Nvidia, they are working in San Francisco with an artificial intelligence start-up. Hitachi of Japan is working with a similar project in Europe. Three percent of the global carbon emission is created by the maritime ships that transport 90 percent of the goods of the world all over the seas. With a lack of decisions, they also cause a tremendous amount of fuel emissions.

The chief of nautilus lab, Matt Heider states that the owning companies of the ships have no idea about the amount of fuel their ships consume. A track of the vessel speed and the weather conditions can grant a step towards the decisions that are required regarding fuel efficiency. With the help of the tech companies, the labs can use artificial intelligence to detect and provide real-time data analytics and inform the ships.

This would help the ships to save almost 10 percent of fuel emissions on a single trip. According to the new international rules, the vessels are required to deduce their pollutions. The commercial vessels spend $100 billion every year on the sulfur-rich fuel which is assumed to be the dirtiest fuel oil that represents 5 percent of the world’s demand for oil. The high-grade fuels are costly which is the reason the companies don’t prefer to use them. New strategies are applied to make it better,  by installing scrubbers which keep the sulfur out of the air. It helps to develop new wind. The technology of air bubbles is used on commercial vessels to reduce friction.

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A highly ambitious and performance driven system engineer, Tiffany Parker is from ASIC design and verification background. She is skilled in building test plans and creating environments for testing the functionality of blocks. When not working you will find him cooking his favorite food in the kitchen as he loves to serve as a chef for his family.

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