Want to save fuel? Fly a kite, German inventor says

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The blue-hulled vessel would slip by unnoticed on most seas if not for the white kite, high above her prow, towing her to what its creators hope will be a bright, wind-efficient future.





Close-up of a SkySails towing kite as it propels the cargo ship MV Theseus in the North Sea, off the German coast, seen during a demonstration of the SkySails auxiliary wind propulsion system. The system, designed by German engineer Stephan Wrage and relying on a large paraglider-shaped towing kite to harness wind power, can temporarily cut up to 50 pc of fuel consumption under optimal conditions.


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