shipping systems fit for the future
The Paris Agreement means that new ships operating today, which have a typical 30-year lifetime, need to work in a zero-emission world.
The Smart Green Shipping Alliance SGSA is an award winning, collaboration of SMEs, large corporations pioneering maritime renewables. To:
Build economic resilience for the shipping sector in a volatile future - Renewable energy fundamentally changes the economic dynamics of infrastructure assets. Once technology to harness infinite renewable power is in place ‘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.
We have three strands of interconnected work:
FAST tech harnesses the wind
TRADEWIND values the wind
RE:SURGE monetises the wind
transformational business model
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.
Shipping is a complex and interconnected system. We collaborate across the shipping world. The European Climate Foundation and the UCL shipping consultancy UMAS enable deep understanding of the existing maritime system. At the technology development end, SGSA works 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 work with Lloyds Register to ensure the new designs are classed swiftly. We work 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.