The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Award
Retrofitting the Merchant Fleet with a Green Business Case
The MPS Fluidic Air Lubrication Solution has received the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label, rewarding profitable solutions to protect the environment.
Marine Performance Systems B.V. was attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label following an assessment performed by external independent experts and based on verified standards. It is thereby joining the #1000solutions challenge, an initiative by the Solar Impulse Foundation to select solutions that meet high standards in profitability and sustainability and present them to decision-makers to fast-track their implementation.
MPS has developed an innovative, patented Air Lubrication solution, combining Air Lubrication principles with fluidic technology into a turnkey retrofit solution for shipowners with a merchant fleet. The MPS solution is an advanced Fluidic Air Lubrication (FluidicAL) solution that generates a stream of accurately sized bubbles, injected evenly into the boundary layer, underneath the flat bottom of a ship. Fluidic technology is more than 50 years old and is highly reliable, but using fluid dynamics to control air generation without employing moving parts is a true innovation within Air Lubrication.
To receive the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label, the MPS Solution was thoroughly assessed by a pool of independent experts according to 5 criteria covering the three main topics of Feasibility, Environmental and Profitability. All labelled solutions are part of the #1000solutions portfolio that will be presented to decision-makers in business and government by Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and fast-track the implementation of these solutions on a large scale.
About the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label
One of the first labels for positive impact businesses bringing together protection of the environment and financial viability, the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label is attributed following an assessment performed by external independent experts. In collaboration with renowned institutions, solutions applying for the label must go through a neutral methodology based on verified standards. This label serves as an award for clean and profitable solutions.
About the Solar Impulse Foundation
The Solar Impulse Foundation is dedicated to accelerating the implementation of clean and profitable solutions. Moreover, the Foundation is helping decision-makers in businesses and governments to achieve their environmental targets and adopt more ambitious energy policies, which are necessary to pull these solutions to market. A way to carry the success of the first solar-powered flight around the world further.