Smart Green Shipping nets more funding as it readies for demonstration of its FastRig wingsail
Smart Green Shipping, a systems design and engineering company based in Dumfries, has secured £ 1.35 million investment for its development of retrofit sails and technology for sustainable commercial ships.
MOL Drybulk Ltd (MOLDB), a 100% owned subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and Scottish Enterprise are joint investors in the company that is steering a course to a demonstration of FastRig wingsail later this year alongside its industry partners at Peel Ports Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (Hunterston PARC.)
“MOL is committed to decarbonisation within our industry and Scotland is at the forefront of many environmentally friendly solutions, whilst our investment in Smart Green Shipping furthers our commitment to the UK,” Kazuhiko Kikuchi, President and Representative Director of MOL Drybulk, said.
Smart Green Shipping received a £1.8million grant from Scottish Enterprise last year towards a research and development project with a total value of £ 5 million, match funded by the private sector.
“Our investment alongside MOLDB will encourage innovation and growth in an exciting Scottish-based company with international potential that is creating jobs and sustainable shipping solutions, vital for a greener economy,” Kerry Sharp, director of entrepreneurship and investment at Scottish Enterprise, said.
“Scottish Enterprise continues to invest in projects with positive impact on the planet and people which is exemplified by Smart Green Shipping and I look forward to seeing its demonstrator FastRig tested at Hunterston PARC as we work with the company on its growth.”
Smart Green Shipping’s solutions are anticipated to enable the reduction of emissions from certain ship types by at least 20% as forecast via tests supported by the Innovate UK programme on a large commercial cargo ship.
Smart Green Shipping’s FastRig wingsail technology is enabled by a fuel-saving prediction tool, supported by the European Space Agency business incubation centre.
The company has progressed its project from its base in Dumfries working alongside Caley Ocean Systems and Malin in Glasgow and will retrofit its technology onto ships for commercial demonstration next year following a testing phase at Hunterston PARC.
Smart Green Shipping has also recently been nominated for an Earthshot Prize through involvement with the Solar Impulse Foundation and stemming from work around COP26.
“Wind-assist is the only technology that can support global shipping’s GHG reduction in line with International Panel on Climate Change advice – emissions must start reducing rapidly if we are to avoid temperature increases of more than 1.5 degrees,” Diane Gilpin, Chief Executive of Smart Green Shipping, said.
“The shipping industry knows this and with the introduction of various new emission reduction regulations this year and next there is a strong interest for FastRigs. Having MOL on-board is a real benefit for us, they bring deep market and operational knowledge.”