bound4blue has developed autonomous rigid sails systems to be integrated on a wide range of vessels. They are a complementary propulsion systems that provide great thrust thanks to the wind.
The systems have been conceived as a complementary propulsion system, which produces effective thrust from existing winds, reducing the main engine power required and, therefore, delivering fuel consumption and pollutant emissions reductions of up to 40% and it ensures a payback period under 5 years.
How WAPS works
Merchant vessels rely on the thrust delivered by their main engine for propulsion. These engines burn enormous amounts of fuel, resulting in large fuel-bills and pollutant emissions levels.
Wind-Assisted Propulsion Systems (WAPS) take advantage of the available wind to generate clean forwards thrust, reducing the engine thrust required and consequently cuts down on fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.
If WAPS is operated effectively to maximise forwards thrust under any sailing condition, double-digit percentages in fuel and emissions savings can be achieved.