SkySails GmbH is the market and technology leader in the field of automated towing kite systems. Some 50 employees representing a wide range of disciplines and specialities - from aerospace engineers, to software developers, shipbuilders, management professionals and CNC operators - all help to develop, manufacture and market the worldwide patented SkySails technology.

SkySails kites are the key technology for capturing the vast potential of high-altitude winds and SkySails is the first company in the world that has succeeded in developing towing-kite technology into an industrial application. SkySails has established a broad and global patent portfolio that includes some 300 patents issued or applied for, in 16 patent families.

The companies’ business splits into three segments all centered around its’ core technology:

  • SkySails Marine offers wind propulsion systems for ships. The latest product generation can replace up to 2 MW of the main engine´s propulsion power.
  • SkySails Power develops and markets systems for generating power from high altitude wind.
  • SkySails Marine Performance offers a sensor-linked software system called V-PER for optimizing ship operations

SkySails was established in 2001 by the graduate industrial engineer Stephan Wrage, and Thomas Meyer, who holds a degree in shipbuilding and offshore engineering.

In addition to its headquarter in Hamburg, SkySails also operates a production and testing center in the Hanseatic town of Wismar.

SkySails has a strong international network of investors and strategic partners. SkySails also promotes and maintains longstanding development partnerships with
leading suppliers, such as with DSM Dyneema and Gleistein Ropes for producing the ropes, and North Sails NZ for manufacturing the towing kites.

Some 50 million euros have been invested in developing the SkySails technology and establishing the manufacturing capability.