GRAFMARINE is testing revolutionary solar energy cells with Carisbrooke’s vessel

Grafmarine are piloting its NanoDeck AI Solar tile management solution in partnership with Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd.

“NanoDeck challenges the current reliance on fossil fuels by providing a clean and sustainable alternative renewable source of energy which can be attached to any flat surface – in this case, a cargo vessel – to capture, store and remotely manage clean energy generation via AI solar technology,” said Martin Leigh, Grafmarine Director and Founder.

“It can be fitted to both new and existing vessels, helping the industry on its journey to decarbonise and meet future legislation, whilst further assisting in the global development of smart low-carbon ports.”

Commercial Director Nigel Marc Roberts added: “Our collaborative partnership with Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd will provide us with data that will further develop the system as we continue to forge new relationships in the US, Europe, and Asia. The system offers unique and innovative ‘plug and play’ technology which enables it to be installed quickly at low cost and upgraded in line with technological advances without the need for a large investment, making this a future-proof solution”.

During the round voyage from Scotland to West Africa the NanoDeck has sent live data, enabling Grafmarine to make further improvements and efficiency gains whilst understanding how the equipment will withstand the rigours of the marine environment.

Capt. Simon Merritt, Sr. Technical Fleet Manager, Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd, said: “We are pleased to assist Grafmarine by offering them a test platform where their new NanoDeck solution can collect data during real voyages in different latitudes under varied weather conditions”.

Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd was established in 1969 and owns and operates a fleet of multi-purpose vessels from offices in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK.