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EU grants USD 9.8 mil for WHISPER project to demonstrate 15 to 30% fuel savings on ships

10 Jan 2023

Naval architecture firm AYRO on Monday (9 January) said the four-year WHISPER energy transition project has been granted EUR 9.2 million (USD 9.8 million) from Horizon Europe.

The goal of the project is to develop a solution that can significantly reduce emissions from the long-distance maritime industry, which is responsible for around 2.5% of the world‘s total CO2 emissions. 

The 14 partners in the project aim to demonstrate around 30% fuel savings on a retrofit bulk carrier and more than 15% on a retrofit containership.

A consortium of experts from across Europe will develop a fully modular retrofit solution, comprising a wind-solar hybrid power system to significantly reduce auxiliary engine emissions and a tilting wingsail system to provide wind-assisted propulsion, significantly reducing main engine fuel consumption and emissions. 

“WHISPER will enable AYRO to launch its first tiltable Oceanwings, addressing new segments such as the bulk carriers,” said Marc Van Peteghem, chairman and co-founder of AYRO.


Photo credit: Scott Graham
Published: 10 January, 2023

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