Maritime industry applications : AWP system

An innovative system to decarbonize the maritime industry



ADD Technologies makes the difference with its ADDWINGSAIL project, whose revolutionary concept is to use the existing crane of a bulk carrier as a mast, equipping it with its own propulsion kit.

  • In October 2023, Bureau Veritas issues an AIP approval in principle for the project.
  • Winner of the i-Nov France 2030 competition, ADD Technologies receives 45% of the total budget from Bpifrance and ADEME.

Off-shore racing as a laboratory:

Off-shore racing trials produce statistical and technical data close to reality that can be extrapolated to the maritime industry. 

Hugo Lauras (Le Crouesty) vessel is equipped with an AWP system mainsail on the 2021 Mini Transat. Numerous competitors have also run the system with the coach Tanguy Leglatin in Lorient and confirmed the approved benefits. “I was fast compared to my opponents thanks to my very low track which allowed me to win places” extract from the history of the 1st stage of Hugo Mini Transat 2021.

As mentioned above these analysis are being used to design our system for maritime industry : a front wingsail on a 20 meters forestay is currently being tested for the same purpose.

Feasability analysis as well as engine power saving analysis are being conducted with the stakeholders of the maritime industry. Engine power saving polars are available on demand for various sail surfaces and wind conditions.

  • Benefits have already been identified:
    • a-shore :
      • Easy folding and reduced footprint
      • Less maintenance
    • at sea :
      • Windy conditions without stress
      • Performance analysis compared with the bests sails of the market
      • Better angle in downwind conditions.
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