WISAMO project engineered by Michelin, an innovative solution to help decarbonize maritime shipping.
The Wing Sail Mobility (WISAMO) solution is an automated, telescopic, inflatable wing that can be fitted on vessels, merchant cargo ships and pleasure ships.
This innovation has been developed through collaboration between Michelin Research & Techniques and two Swiss inventors that share the Group’s “all-sustainable” vision.
The WISAMO inflatable wing sail harnesses the wind—a free, universal and inexhaustible source of propulsion. Its revolutionary design enables a ship to reduce its fuel consumption and thereby have a positive impact on the environment by lowering greenhouse emissions such as CO2.
Designed, developed and improved by the WISAMO project team, the system can be adapted to ro-ro ships, bulk carriers, oil and gas tankers as well as sailing and yacht boats. It can be fitted as original equipment on new-built ships or retrofitted on in-service vessels.
The WISAMO wing has one of the broadest ranges of use on the market with proven effectiveness on many points of sail, and it is particularly efficient upwind. It can be used on any maritime shipping route. The telescopic mast is retractable, making it easy for a ship to enter harbors and pass under bridges. In all, the system can improve a ship’s fuel efficiency by up to 20%*.
Michel Desjoyeaux, a famous French navigator and world-renowned skipper, is WISAMO ambassador and tester. His input and technical knowledge enables Michelin to test the innovation in actual maritime shipping conditions. As Desjoyeaux points out, “the advantage of wind propulsion is that wind energy is clean, free, universal and totally non-controversial. It offers a very promising avenue to improving the environmental impact of merchant ships.”
The WISAMO solution will be fitted on a merchant ship in 2022 when Michelin expects it to go into production following completion of the trial phase.
The WISAMO project is Michelin’s contribution to enabling greener, softer maritime mobility in advance of future regulations. Michelin is also taking action to reduce the environmental impact of its supply chain. In addition to this commitment, and in line with its strategic plan, the Group is basing a portion of its growth on the development of new businesses.
More info on the WISAMO LinkedIn page
By Rémi Weiller, of Sopra Steria Next and Arnauld Marrou, of Sopra Steria Next