SkySails – new Energy for Shipping.

SkySails GmbH & Co. KG is the market and technology leader for automated towing kite systems. Its internationally patented wind propulsion system for cargo ships can reduce the fuel consumption of a cargo vessel by 10 to 35 % on annual average, depending on the prevailing wind conditions.

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The latest SkySails product has a propulsion power of more than 2 MW or 3.000 horse powers (equivalent ship engine) and can save up to 10 tons of oil per day – this equals up to US-$ 5,000. For comparison: A normal family home needs 2 tons of oil for heating and warm water – per year!

Due to its universal design the SkySails-System has a great market potential: a major part of the existing world merchant fleet (approx. 60,000 ships), as well as new builds can be retro-/outfitted with SkySails auxiliary wind propulsion.

The UN body IMO (International Maritime Organization) attaches great importance to SkySails with regard to climate protection: in its latest GHG Emissions study, the IMO states that the SkySails technology has the potential to save approx. 100 million tons of CO2 per year – this corresponds to ca. 11 % of Germany's CO2 emissions.

SkySails has become a symbol for the ideal symbiosis of the economy and ecology.

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