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The Airbus unveiled an innovative SeaWing automated kite, which employs parafoil technology to tow large commercial ships.
SeaWing kites help to propel large vessels and expected to provide a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy while also reducing emissions.
When mounted on a vessel, SeaWing can be launched by the simple activation of a switch. The kite deploys, unfurls and operates autonomously; with its system collecting and analysing meteorological and oceanic data in real-time to optimise performance while ensuring maximum safety. When the towing effect is no longer required, SeaWing automatically refolds and is recovered – ready for its next utilisation.
SeaWing has been designed for a rapid integration on almost all commercial ships in operation today, with its simple and modular nature enabling the installation during a regular stopover at a port of call.