Innovations

Wind power

40㎡ of automatically controlled kite deployed to an altitude of 150m

The SKS-Y-System comprises three main elements:

  • A kite wing with its towing rope
  • A launch and recovery system
  • A control system for automatic operation

Instead of a traditional sail fitted to a mast, SkySails uses large towing kites to propel the ship forward. Their shape is similar to that of a paraglider. The towing kite is made with high-strength, waterproof fabrics.

SkySails can operate at an altitude of 100 to 300 m, where stronger, more stable winds prevail. The tractive forces are transmitted to the yacht via a line made of very high-strength synthetic fibers.

40㎡ of automatically controlled kite deployed to an altitude of 150m

The launch and recovery system is installed on the foredeck and it manages the lowering and deployment of the kite wing. During launch, a telescopic mast unfolds the kite wing while lifting it. Once it is at a suitable altitude, the wing unfurls completely and can be launched. A winch releases the towing rope until operating altitude has been reached. The recovery process is performed in reverse order.

The launch and recovery procedures each take about a total of 10 to 20 minutes.

40㎡ of automatically controlled kite deployed to an altitude of 150m

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