shipping systems fit for the future
The Smart Green Shipping Alliance SGSA is an award winning, collaboration of SMEs, large corporations and academics. Our purpose is pioneering maritime renewables. To:
Build economic resilience for the shipping sector in a volatile future - Renewable energy fundamentally changes the economic dynamics of any infrastructure project. Once the technology to harness the ‘universal’ power is in place the ‘fuel’ is free, abundant and exclusively available. This allows decoupling from the old commodity energy systems - traditional bunker arrangements - and provides greater energy security and commercial autonomy.
For shipping the renewable energy of choice is wind. Over thousands of years’ humankind has facilitated global trade through wind powered ships.
But a 21st century sailing ship will be as different from the Cutty Sark as a Model T Ford is to a Mondeo, or a 3MW offshore wind turbine is to a Dutch windmill. Deploying wind on modern ships that slot in to the existing just-in-time logistics system means using free power in conjunction with engines to meet the stringent schedules of modern shippers.
Reduce carbon through step-change technologies - The resolutions from the Paris Treaty means that new ships operating today, which have a typical 30-year lifetime, need to work in a zero-emission world.
Shipping is a complex and interconnected system. The European Climate Foundation and the UCL shipping consultancy UMAS are supporting deep understanding the existing maritime system. We are collaborating across the shipping world. At the technology development end, we work with world-leading racing yacht designers at Humphreys Yacht Design and Wolfson Unit at Southampton University combining their expertise with commercial naval architects and marine engineers at world-leading ship yards. We engage early with Lloyds Register to ensure the new designs are classed swiftly. We are working with ship owners, operators, shipping law and insurers, financiers and, most critically, end-users – the people who own the cargo. They give us the parameters around which to design - the size of ship, it’s speed, routes, loading and discharge ports.
Beyond that we weave in knowledge from aviation, defence, Formula One and land based renewable energy systems.
We have three strands of discrete but interconnected work:
FASTRIGS – the technology to harness the wind, based on proven automated solutions that need no more crew than a conventional ship
TRADEWIND – the big data analysis tool that monetises the value of the wind on any ship on any route and enables route optimisation once ships are operational
RE-surge – the financial products for deploying maritime renewables where the long term fuel price and low carbon certainty enables new business models founded on systems proven in onshore renewables