The WASP (Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion) project, funded by the Interreg North Sea Europe programme, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of €5.4 million.
The project brings together universities, wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions on five vessels thus enabling wind propulsion technology market penetration and contributing to a greener North Sea transport system through harvesting the regions abundant wind potential.
This fully aligns with the wider programmes’ objective of promoting the development and adoption of products, services and processes to accelerate the greening of the North Sea Region.
The WASP project has the following objectives:
- Wind Propulsion Technology proven concepts lead to greening of NSR sea transport
- Identify the viable business cases for (hybrid) wind propulsion technologies
- Facilitate a level playing field for WPT with policy instruments
The following project results are envisaged: