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FARWIND receives an award at Start West 2020

Farwind – a startup in the Centrale-Audencia-Ensa incubator - is developing a solution for converting offshore hydroelectric energy into renewable fuel, a project that won the In Extenso prize at the 20th edition of Start West.

on September 23, 2020

Un voilier-hydrolienne FARWIND
Un voilier-hydrolienne FARWIND

Start West assists start-ups seeking financing for their innovative projects, giving them the opportunity to pitch to panel and to interact directly with investors. For its 2020 edition, 26 projects were selected to pitch for funding ranging from €250,000 to €10 million.

FARWIND is a Centrale Nantes spin-off created by Aurélien Babarit, Félix Gorintin and Arnaud Poitou, currently hosted in the Centrale-Audencia-Ensa incubator. FARWIND was awarded the In Extenso prize at Start West 2020, in recognition of the project’s ambitions.  

The start-up offers a "packaged" solution for the production of clean energy, available on demand. A wind-powered vessel, under which a high-powered tidal turbine is installed, converts the ship's kinetic energy into electricity. Depending on the market of distribution, this electricity is stored on board in batteries or converted into hydrogen or liquid fuel (methanol).

FARWIND vessels are autonomous and operated remotely from a control centre. A single 80m vessel sailing in 15-knot winds produces 1 MW of electricity.

FARWIND is looking for potential investors as part of the current funding round.

Published on September 23, 2020 Updated on September 30, 2021