AYRO has informed Bunkerspot that the WHISPER Energy Transition project – which is looking to develop a ‘wind-solar hybrid power system’ that can bring fuel savings and emissions reductions of between15 to 30% – has been granted €9.2 million in European Union (EU) funding from Horizon Europe, says an article published on bunkerspot.
Four-year project aim
The 14 partners in the four-year project aim to demonstrate around 30% fuel savings on a retrofit bulk carrier and more than 15% on a retrofit containership.
The members of the WHISPER project include: Verkis (the project leader), Sidewind, AYRO, Solbian, CANOE, Ant Topic, Dotcom, Samskip, Nav-Tech, Stirling Design International, BBA/Fjeldco, Lloyd’s Register, Athygli and Inspiralia GmbH.
The WHISPER solution will use AYRO’s tilting wingsail system Oceanwings to provide wind-assisted propulsion.
In a statement sent to Bunkerspot 9 January, Marc Van Peteghem, chairman and co-founder of AYRO, said: ‘In the current context of fuel price volatility and the increasingly stringent environmental regulations with the implementation of the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) this year for the maritime industry, we see the WHISPER project as a catalyst for retrofitting the commercial vessels with breakthrough green technologies.’
Van Peteghem continued: ‘WHISPER will enable AYRO to launch its first tiltable Oceanwings, addressing new segments such as the bulk carriers.’
‘We are proud and thrilled to be involved in this ambitious project with key maritime stakeholders, including other wind and solar technology suppliers.’
Long-distance transport industry
Maria Kristin Prastardottir, co-founder of Sidewind, added: ‘We have high hopes for this innovative collaboration and truly believe that the project can be an effective tool in the fight against climate change. By combining and developing three innovative wind and solar technologies, and creating a modular, retrofit solution, we can lower the emissions of container and tank ships by 15-30%. If successful and widely adopted, WHISPER could reduce the emission of the long-distance maritime transport industry by what equals the emissions of entire countries.’
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