WHISPER is a 4-year energy transition project to develop a solution that can significantly reduce emissions from the long-distance maritime industry, which is responsible for around 2.5% of the world‘s total CO2 emissions.

WHISPER aims to demonstrate around 30% fuel savings on a retrofit bulk carrier and up to 15% on a retrofit containership.

A strong and diverse consortium of experts from across Europe will develop a fully modular retrofit solution, comprising a wind-solar hybrid power system to significantly reduce auxiliary engine emissions and a tilting wing sail system to provide wind-assisted propulsion, significantly reducing main engine fuel consumption and emissions.

WHISPER has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under Grant Agreement Nr. 101096577, and our UK partner, Lloyd’s Register, is funded by UK Research and Innovation under project agreement Nr. 1006574.  

Partners & project management

The WHISPER project is comprised of 13 partners from 6 European countries: Verkís, which is also the project lead, Sidewind, AYRO, Solbian, CANOE, Ant. Topic, Dotcom, Samskip (Nav-Tech), Stirling Design International, BBA//Fjeldco, Lloyd’s Register, Athygli, and Inspiralia GmbH.

Work packages

Work packages

The project consists of 8 work packages for efficient implementation.