Disney Wish Is Innovator When It Comes to Energy Efficiency
We’ve been coming to you live from the Disney Wish over the last few days but did you know that the ship was actually designed to be among the most fuel and energy efficiency on the water!? The ship uses a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and modern advances in ship design. These innovations mean that Wish is 30% more efficient and emits 20% less greenhouse gases!
“At Disney Cruise Line, we remain dedicated to limiting our impact on the environment as we support The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2030,” said Sharon Siskie, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Cruise Line. “We continue to look for innovative ways to make a difference across our entire fleet, including using new technology to increase fuel efficiency and reduce energy consumption.”
Compared to traditional diesel or marine fuel, the use of LNG on the Disney Wish eliminates almost all of the harmful sulfer oxides and particulate matter emissions. It also reduces the emission of greenhouse gas (nitrogen oxide) by 37 % and reduces onboard carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20%.
The Disney Wish also conserves energy through the use of LED lighting, a best-in-class wastewater purification system, hydrodynamic hull and propulsion designs. Numerous other systems are also optimized for energy conservation.
In the engine room, the Disney Wish is able to be more fuel efficient through an interconnected system that re-purposes the heat from the engines to warm the super-cooled LNG that powers the ship. Then, the cold energy system from the LNG tanks are recycled into the ship’s air-conditioning system. which reduces the amount jof energy needed to keep the ship’s interior cool. This entire process will save the Disney Wish 200 tons of fuel per year.
According to Disney, the ship also boasts a heating and cooling system designed to save energy by delivering hot or cold air to guest’s staterooms, galleys and other areas by adapting to real-time conditions. In doing so, it is believed that the ship will conserve 700 tons of fuel annually while still maintaining a comfortable environment onboard.
Reverse osmosis is also used to turn ocean water into potable water which means that the Wish will save 7.5 million gallons of fresh water each year by recycling occurring condensation from the onboard air-conditioning units. This is then used for onboard laundry facilities and for cleaning the outer decks of the ships. A wastewater treatment system onboard also saves 500 tons of fuel each year and purifies the ships wastewater to levels that exceed international standards.
An innovative ship design also allows the Disney Wish to glide through the water with ease. There is a hydrodynamic hull and propeller that are shaped to limit the ship’s resistance against the water. This in turn reduces the amount of engine power needed to propel the ship. This saves nearly 1,800 tos of fuel annually and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 6%.
The hull is also coated in a slick, silicone-based paint designed to reduce friction against the water and limit the growth of barnacles which lessens drag.
The Wish will also aim to reduce waste and conserve additional resources through several onboard initiatives. Food and beverage locations on the ship use washable dinnerware instead of single-use plastic utensils. Biodegradable straws are used instead of plastic ones. Water stations located throughout guest and crew stories promote the use of refillable water bottles. Onboard recycling efforts are further enhanced by special programs like DCL’s continued Nassau to offload cooking oil and which will be turned into biodiesel fuel.
Last, but certainly not least, next year (2023) the ship is expected to be equipped with a 1-megawatt fuel cell. This is one of the largest such installations in a marine environment. The fuel cell will act like a battery, providing emissions-free energy for various onboard systems.
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