Today, 90% of global trade in goods relies on maritime transport, which is responsible for 3% of global CO2 emissions. In order to reduce the environmental impact, stakeholders are developing groundbreaking technology to decarbonise maritime transport and design innovative vessels that are both efficient and environmentally friendly.
Wind-Powered transport : success stories
Airseas: with a Nantes-based workforce of nearly 90, the Airbus spin-off equips commercial vessels and container ships with a giant seawing to lower their fuel consumption. A solution which enables GHG emission and fuel consumption savings of 20%
NEOLINE harnesses clean, renewable wind power as the main form of propulsion for its 136m sailing cargo ships decked out with 4,200 sq.m. of sails. An innovative solution which cuts CO2 emissions associated with maritime freight transport by 90%.
Farwind Energy designs, produces and operates water turbine-equipped energy ships, propelled by rotors - the first technology able to capture offshore wind energy. The kinetic energy is then converted into electricity by the hydrogenerators installed beneath the hull.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique, based in Saint-Nazaire, has developed Solid Sail, a large, rigid sail suitable for propelling large cruise ships.
Michelin’s Wisamo teams will be moving to Nantes in the summer of 2022. Located in the "Le Brick” building, the “WISAMO” project features an inflatable, retractable, automated wing sail which can be fixed on commercial vessels and pleasure boats.
Le Brick, centre of excellence for Maritime innovation
Located in the Bas Chantenay district, beside the River Loire, le Brick brings together the stakeholders of the decarbonised maritime sector. Across nearly 6,000 sq.m., it accommodates industries, startups and SMEs in an ideal working environment with suitable production facilities, including areas for production (industrial workshops), administrative work (offices) and meetings. Airseas, Kopadia and Finsulate were among some of the first companies to locate there.
A thriving ecosystem
Competitiveness clusters, associations, engineering schools ... there is a whole ecosystem serving the wind-powered sailing transport businesses in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, including Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, PASCA, EMC2, Neopolia, IRT Jules Verne, ENSM and Centrale Nantes. The French association Windship, based in Nantes, is tasked with accelerating the energy transition of the maritime sector through the development and deployment of wind-powered ship propulsion.
Wind For Goods, the industry's flagshing event
After the success of its first edition, Wind for Goods will be returning to Saint-Nazaire on 1 and 2 June 2023. This 2-day event will be an opportunity to showcase the prototypes of sails and other cutting-edge technology that will play a part in decarbonising freight transport in the future.