Sea voyage for GREEN environment

By NT Bureau Published on Apr 12, 2017 02:51 PM IST

Chennai: Schneider Electric Foundation, a company committed to energy efficiency and access to clean energy, that is organising the expedition Nomade des Mers (Nomad of the Seas), docked its catamaran at Chennai port on Tuesday.

The expedition, which began in 2015 at Brittany (France), is set to conclude in Indonesia, after passing through Morocco, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Brazil, South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of Fondation de France, is a key patron of the expedition to aid research and promote low-cost technologies.The arrival of the ship at Chennai port was celebrated by Schneider Electric at its Chennai plant with a contest among select employees, trainees and engineering students on innovative technologies. The winning solution would be displayed and showcased in the ship and be a part of it in the rest of its expedition.

The mission of the Nomade des Mers project is to showcase useful, simple and accessible technologies that are also environment-friendly.The catamaran will spend three years travelling the globe testing independent technologies and developing the international low-tech stakeholder and user community. On board, low-tech devices will be put to the test, optimised and linked to others to assess synergies toward achieving a self sustaining ecosystem.

The solutions achieved through this research expedition will be prototyped and submitted for approval by a jury of experts with the long-term ambition of creating a veritable 'library' of tutorial videos open to everyone (individuals, NGOs in the field, local entrepreneurs, etc).

Speaking about the expedition, vice-president (creation & governance), Schneider Electric, Nadine Bouquin, said, "Schneider Electric Foundation is delighted to act as a main patron of this project and support the expedition which is very much aligned to our commitment towards promoting sustainable low-cost technology and solutions for a greener future. We believe such iconic projects have a profound effect on people and are stepping stones to address the worldwide challenge of climate change."

Present at the occasion, R&D Head, Schneider Electric India, Ramesh Phatak, said, "These low-cost technologies are simple, cheap and easy to build and tackle basic needs while respecting the environment. The prototype low-cost technologies can play an important role in meeting the energy needs in isolated and off-grid areas as well as further add to the momentum established with regard to making India a net exporter of power."

At each stop, volunteers of the Schneider Electric Teachers Association will be able to take part in events, share their knowledge and pass along their skills. In addition, recognised technical experts who have been granted Schneider Electric's 'Edison' label will be invited to participate actively in LowTech Lab by collaborating on studies on select technologies and sharing results from some of their research.