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Diane Gilpin designed and leads The Smart Green Shipping Alliance, SGSA. It is a collaborative industry initiative created to build technically, commercially and environmentally superior systems solutions for the shipping sector. It accelerates projects through co-creation, transferring technology and knowledge from offshore yacht racing, F1, renewable energy, aviation and defence to complement deep commercial maritime expertise. The SGSA has developed the design of a sailing hybrid merchant ship externally validated as using ~50% less fuel than conventionally powered ships. It has relationships with large cargo owners seeking to enter in to long term contracts to use sailing hybrid ships. The SGSA’s purpose is to expediently execute the ship design and take this, and other complementary and discrete low carbon, maritime renewables solutions to scale. The SGSA was born out of B9 Shipping to transition from concept design to build, own and operation. The SGSA is supported by: Humphreys Yacht Design, Lloyds Register, University of Southampton, University College London, Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel, EA Gibson, MSI, Cammell Laird, Met Office, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, National Composite Centre, Capital Law.
I have worked for more than 25 years at the cutting edge of communications, technology, innovation and systems design. In the 1980s I led on Advertising and Sponsorship on the launch team for the first ever cellular telephone system in the UK; I worked for several Formula One motor racing teams developing sponsorship, managing media and facilitating the transfer of safety, efficiency and performance technology from Grand Prix racing cars to road cars; was the only woman managing a Formula Three racing team in the 1980s; launched the first ever windows based financial information system for a newly deregulated City of London in the 1990s; managed offshore yacht racing teams in the late 1990s, early 2000s. I pioneered renewable energy, wind power and anaerobic digestion, with the B9 Energy group from the early 2000s and created and led B9 Shipping.