SMM has also partnered with shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique to develop its SolidSail/Aeoldrive system, which comprises a pivoting and tilting mast and a folding composite sail designed for ocean liners and sailing cargo ships. Pechel says that the system could reduce CO2 emissions by 40%.
“Our sector presents a lot of opportunities,” said Olivier Kerdoncuff, SMM president. “It was essential for us to have a partner who would help us take those and reach a new step of development.”
“We have been impressed by the unique know how of SMM in making innovative projects that have a real environmental impact,” added Sandra Pezet, partner at Pechel.