Submitted by: SkySails GmbH & Co. KG
Implemented country: Germany
Title: Skysails wind propulsion system for modern nautical shipping
SkySails develops, produces and markets wind-driven sailing systems that employ a towing kite. The system consists of a fully automatic SkySail propulsion system and wind-optimized routing. The overall system is installed as an auxiliary propulsion system and is used at sea to relieve the main drive system. This makes nautical shipping more environmentally friendly as well as more profitable, safer and less dependent on scarce oil reserves. On an annual average, fuel costs and emissions can be reduced by 10 to 35%, depending on the type of vessel, the actual wind conditions and the actual utilization. Under optimum conditions, fuel consumption can be reduced temporarily by up to 50%.