Moving forward from tires and guides and from land to sea - Michelin has developed its Wing Sail Mobility (WISAMO) system to help save the environment. The French multinational has introduced their new technology to promote ‘sustainable mobility’ on the high seas. In its essence, the WISAMO is a pair of inflatable wing sail systems that can be fitted to large freighters and smaller pleasure watercraft. The innovative WISAMO aims to reduce the overall carbon footprint in maritime shipping. The 1,7076 square-foot sails are similar to aircraft wings and harness the wind to increase fuel efficiency by almost 20%. They come with an integrated air compressor and telescopic masts to lift the sails, and fuel consumption and CO2 emission are reduced. The sails are retracted easily while entering harbors or crossing under bridges. The project, a joint effort by Michelin Research & Development and two Swiss inventors, will begin test trials in 2022.

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