What if the future was… low-tech?

Trained engineer, curious and enthusiastic, Corentin de Chatelperron has opened up to “low technologies”. (local, artisanal and environmentally friendly technologies) after his studies at a shipyard in Bangladesh.

In late 2016, this captain embarked with the smile of a perpetual teenager handy and resourceful team members on his catamaran laboratory, the “nomad of the seas”, for a trip around the world in search of low-tech innovations. The adventures of Coco (as he calls himself) is also the experimentation of independent life. This resulted in the Low-tech Lab, a cooperative research program on low-tech

Aboard the “Nomad of the Seas”
DR: Corentin de Chatelperron

In 2018 he embarked alone for 4 months 70m² floating platform made of bamboo, anchored off the coast of Thailand to experience life in autonomy under constraints.

After several years of exploration, 25 stopovers and more than 50 documented Low-Tech becomes the flagship of the association Low-Tech Lab return to its home port, Concarneau, next summer. This great learning journey on low-tech solutions started on February 23, 2016 and will end on June 25, 2022 with the return of the laboratory boat to Brittany.

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for the occasion A low-tech village will open on the Quai d’Aiguillon from June 25th to July 3rd to raise awareness, experiment, discover and share the discoveries of Le Nomade des Mers and those of the Low Tech Lab projects since its creation in 2013. Exhibitions, concerts, low-tech cuisine, visits to the low-tech habitat and the laboratory boat Low-tech Lab, demonstrations and conferences are on the program for these 9 days of celebrations at the Port of Concarneau.

What is “low tech” and what is it for? How to do the same with less energy? A solar oven or a refrigerator that works without electricity, does that really exist? And if so, would that “low-tech” future also be… desirable?

Corentin de Chatelperron is with us today to answer all our questions.

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