The crew of the Nomad of the seas travels the globe in search of low-tech concepts and inspiring inventors. During its expeditions, the boat’s vocation is to become an exemplary self-sustaining ecosystem, flagship of sustainable and inclusive innovation.
Sailing on a quasi autonomous laboratory-boat in quest of solutions for a perfect autonomy is the bet of the Nomad of the seas’ initiative. For this, Corentin De Chatelperron and his team started last February a world tour of three years. The catamaran that carries them features solar and wind equipment. A maximum of interior and exterior layouts are made of composite combined with natural fiber of jute and linen.
Until 2019, the floating laboratory of 15 meters long will lead them to a journey in search of expertise and a sustainable and accessible “simple technology”. At the intersection of social, economic and environmental spheres, the study of these low-tech allows us to understand sustainable development as a whole and in an optimistic approach.
The approach of the initiative is open and collaborative. Everyone can present their invention and answer a call for proposals in a website dedicated to this purpose. The team also planned fifteen stops worldwide. Whenever the Nomad of the Sea moors, the crew visits local schools and presents their achievements through a video. It also seeks to discover local low-techs, and test them on board.
During their first stop in Morocco, they discover the desert’s fridge “Zeer pot.” It is in fact two terracotta pots separated by a thick layer of sand that is watered so that the temperature in the inner pot cools down with evaporation. The crew of the “Nomad of the Seas” is sure to test this innovation to preserve the food they have grown on board.
In Agadir, they meet the inventors of a solar desalinator. In Senegal, they learn how to make green invasive-plants-based coal to replace wood. They also met a group of youth who produce energy through a turbine attached to a bicycle. Each time, the meetings and exchanges are very successful.
Since last June 23rd, the crew of the Nomad of the Seas is staying in the bay of Tarrafal in the north of the island of Santiago in Cape Verde. The program, this time, includes an exchange with local experts in hydroponics: the art of growing plants without soil.
The Nomad of the Seas project is supported by Gold of Bengal. This association, founded by Corentin De Chatelperron, works for the emergence of ingenious innovations that address universal issues while respecting a social, economic and environmental contract. Gold of Bengal has emerged following a simple idea: to replace the glass fiber with jute fiber, jute being a plant that grows abundantly in Bangladesh.
From a single, innovative and sustainable idea, Corentin De Chatelperron and his team found a vocation that will take them far towards a feasible, viable and sustainable autonomy. May the odds be ever in their favor!
Interest in low-tech systems is not new. It was already formalized in the 70s by the economist E.F.Schumacher, precursor of ecological thought in economics / politics in his book Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered. The OECD realized important investments for this search, but the programs were as soon abandoned after the election of the Republican Ronald Regan in 1980.
Recently, the concept is generalized again by Navi Rajou with the Jugaad innovation or frugal innovation "the Jugaad innovation. Let’s become ingenious again! "
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