Michelin Group, the multinational French tire manufacturing company, unveiled the WISAMO wind-powered sail system. The innovation veers away from tire manufacturing and makes strides on the ocean as part of a sustainability project.
The WISAMO, part of Michelin Group's Wing Sail Mobility project, was designed to contribute to the company's long-term goal of cutting global maritime transport emissions by more than half by 2050. The inflatable sails are designed for freight and cargo ships to help increase efficiency and decarbonize the maritime industry at large.
The sails are designed with a ply-and-socket installment system to fit most commercial cargo ships. Moreover, ships can use the wind energy harnessed from the system as a supplementary power source in addition to the ship's engines
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