Following our previous look at VPLP’s own long-established commercial wing project Patrice Carpentier crosses the road to talk to Multiplast CEO Yann Penfornis and some of the other principal players in their rival Solid Sail programme
The Chantiers de l’Atlantique, based in St- Nazaire at the mouth of the Loire River on the French Atlantic coast, has also been working on its Solid Sail project for several years now – an original ‘wind propulsion device’ that is primarily being developed to significantly reduce the consumption of conventional fuels on large liners and merchant ships. Work is now well enough advanced to anticipate the first Solid Sails being installed on a large commercial ship in early 2025.
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