WINGSAIL TECHNOLOGY

Back to the basics.
Using available and free wind power as a complementary propulsion for vessels.
Maritime transport is in charge of transporting more than 90% of worldwide cargo by means of a fleet of more than 90.000 vessels, which is renewed every year with more than 2.700 new vessels. These vessels consume up to 4 tons of fuel per hour, which can represent up to 80% of their operating costs, and produce an unsustainable amount of pollutant emissions. bound4blue's wingsail technology is needed to maintain financial viability of the shipping industry while improving its environmental sustainability.

SYSTEM FEATURES

bound4blue has developed an innovative wingsail system to be integrated onto a wide range of vessels. The system has 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%.

The integration of the foldable system ensures a payback period under 5 years, it does not reduce the available cargo volume and does not require an additional crew, offering a complete solution to the maritime industry challenges.

patented
System protected by 4 patents granted (Europe, USA, China & Japan) and 3 patents pending.
Foldable

Foldable

bound4blue’s wingsails are completely foldable (including the mast), ensuring safety during harsh weather and at port operations.
Adjustable clear height

Adjustable clear height

The clear height of the wingsail above the vessel's deck can be adjusted to avoid obstacles such as pipes, cranes or the crew.
Lightweight structure

Lightweight structure

The wingsail system design enables us to lighten its weight, ensuring vessel's stability and minimal heeling.
Rotation

Rotation

Rotation around the mast to maximize wingsail thrust on any wind condition.
Off-the-shelf materials and equipment

Off-the-shelf materials and equipment

They are made with off-the-shelf materials and equipment widely used in shipping industry.
Minimum maintenance

Minimum maintenance

They are designed to minimize maintenance tasks, which coincide with the vessel's dry-docking schedule.
Same cargo capacity

Same cargo capacity

Their integration don’t reduce the available cargo volume, so it does not have a negative economic impact.
100% Autonomous

100% Autonomous

Self-operation and self-diagnostics, so no additional crew or training is required to operate it.
New & existing vessels, payback period under 5 years

New & existing vessels

They can be installed in both new and existing ships, ensuring a payback period under 5 years.
1

Foldable

bound4blue’s wingsails are completely foldable (including the mast), ensuring safety during harsh weather and at port operations.
2

Adjustable clear height

The clear height of the wingsail above the vessel's deck can be adjusted to avoid obstacles such as pipes, cranes or the crew.
3

Lightweight structure

The wingsail system design enables us to lighten its weight, ensuring vessel's stability and minimal heeling.
4

Rotation

Rotation around the mast to maximize wingsail thrust on any wind condition.
5

Off-the-shelf materials and equipment

They are made with off-the-shelf materials and equipment widely used in shipping industry.
6

Minimum maintenance

They are designed to minimize maintenance tasks, which coincide with the vessel's dry-docking schedule.
7

Same cargo capacitye

Their integration don’t reduce the available cargo volume, so it does not have a negative economic impact.
8

100% Autonomous

Self-operation and self-diagnostics, so no additional crew or training is required to operate it.
9

New & existing vessels, payback period under 5 years

They can be installed in both new and existing ships, ensuring a payback period under 5 years.
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Nuevas regulaciones restrictivas

New restrictive regulations

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Incremento del coste del combustible

Fuel cost increasing

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FUEL SAVINGS AND EMISSIONS REDUCTION

bound4blue's wingsail system cuts-off fuel consumption to make maritime transport more efficient and sustainable.

New restrictive regulations

The appearance of a tighter environmental legislation on pollution is forcing ship-operators to switch to higher-quality and less polluting fuels, such as MGO (Marine Gas Oil), which doubles the cost compared to current HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil); or to install expensive, heavy and still polluting equipments (i.e. scrubbers) to extend the use of HFO.

Emisiones contaminantes del transporte

Fuel cost increasing

The fuel consumption of the vessels represents the largest percentage of their operating expenses, depending on the vessel type and the fuel cost. The use of cleaner and more expensive fuels imposed by new regulations, will cause an increased financial pressure on ship-operators. bound4blue’s system reduces fuel consumption, relieving the pressure of its cost increase.

Comparativa del coste del combustible
ISO9001
bound4blue guarantees quality management systems by implementing the ISO: 9001 standard, in order to standardize and improve processes ensuring the quality of its services and products.

COMPANY

Our team combines a wide range of disciplines and specialties - from workshop operators to aeronautical, mechanical and control engineers, naval architects and business analysts.

The company also has a strong network of strategic partners to always offer the best solution to our customers.

ONGOING PROJECTS

Orpagu Balueiro
  • 40M FISHING VESSEL
  • 8X20 WINGSAIL
  • SHIPYARD (SIMA - PERU)
  • SEA TRIALS (PACIFIC OCEAN)
Fura dels baus
  • 60M THEATER VESSEL
  • 8X20M WINGSAIL
  • SHIPYARD (ASTANDER - ESPAÑA)
  • SEA TRIALS (CANTABRIAN SEA)

AWARDS

FPdGi
José Miguel Bermúdez, FPdGi Business Award 2018 with His Majesty King Felipe VI.
Solar Impulse Efficient Solution 2018
Selected as one of the 1000 Efficient Solution Solutions of The Solar Impulse Foundation.
bound4blue has also been awarded by the following prizes
Premio Emprenedor xxi
Emprendedor XXI Award 2018 (Award to the company with the highest growth potential in the sector of Industrial Technology)
Spain Startup
One of the four finalists in the industrial sector in South Summit 2015 (among 1800 candidates)
Esa
Selected company of the ESA Business Incubation Center Barcelona
Fishing Accelerator
Selected company for the Fishing Accelerator Program 2017
Accio Generalitat
Awarded with the RDC Award at the XXI Fòrum d'Inversió – ACCIÓ
Port de Barcelona
Winner of Port Challange 2017 Award
Cleantech Alps
Winner CleantechAlps Award at Climate Show 2018
European Parliament
Selected as one of the EU Top 50 most promising Startups

SIMPLE STEPS TOWARDS A BLUE FUTURE

  • Contact and preliminary study

    Contact bound4blue, which will carry out a preliminary business case for your selected ship and route, with an estimation of the savings and payback period that can be achieved.
  • Detailed study

    We will perform a detailed optimization analysis to adjust the wingsail’s design according to the vessel’s characteristics and will provide the expected fuel savings, construction and integration cost and payback period.
  • Manufacturing

    The wingsail system will be manufactured by our specialized partners.
  • Integration & certification

    The integration will be carried out a float in a shipyard. Then, inspection and approval of the installation will be done prior to proceed to sea trials and final system commissioning.

OUR PARTNERS

PUBLIC GRANTS

The project VELES INVERTIDES RÍGIDES ASIMÈTRIQUES PER AL TRANSPORT EN GRANS EMBARCACIONS (VIRATGE) carried out by Bound 4 Blue SL is supported by ACCIÓ (The Agency for Business Competitiveness; Generalitat de Catalunya) through the program Nuclis de Recerca Industrial i Desenvolupament Experimental and it has been 43,9% co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the ERDF (European Fund for Economic and Regional Development) Operational Program Catalonia 2014-2020. The results reached have been to establish the target market, carrying out several studies which improved the design and development, as well as, to decrease the CAPEX and OPEX, besides the construction of two prototypes on a scale for the testing approval of the technology (internal structure and external cover).
Bound 4 Blue SL has received funding from the INNOVA 2016 program of the Government of Cantabria, co-funded by the European Fund for Economic and Regional Development through the Cantabria ERDF Operational Program 2014-2020.
Bound 4 Blue SL has received funding from the INNOVA PLUS 2018 program of the Government of Cantabria, co-funded by the European Fund for Economic and Regional Development through the Cantabria ERDF Operational Program 2014-2020.
The project SHIPS4BLUE, carried out by Bound 4 Blue SL, Calvo Construcciones y Montajes SL, FIHAC and El Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno, has received the support of SODERCAN through the Program I+C=+C 2016 - Support to R&D renewable marine energy projects in cooperation in the Autonomous Community of Cantabria.
The project DISSENYAR I DESENVOLUPAR UN PROTOTIP FUNCIONAL D'UN SISTEMA AUXILIAR DE PROPULSIÓ PER EMBARCACIONS carried out by Bound 4 Blue SL is supported by ACCIÓ (The Agency for Business Competitiveness; Generalitat de Catalunya) through the program Nuclis de Recerca Industrial i Desenvolupament Experimental and is co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the ERDF (European Fund for Economic and Regional Development) Operational Program Catalonia 2014-2020.

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