More than a trend, today, it’s a must to think about new energy sources, especially energy sources from the sun, the wind and the water (aka. underwater turbines and so on…)
The power from aerodynamic airborne wind power systems, airborne wind generators or aerostat-type wind power systems is maybe one of the solutions.
Like Peter Lynn (inventor of the famous Kitecat and lots of other kite devices) tells us that using a kite to pull a boat is not a new idea and still attracts lots of people. he wrote a very interesting article on his personal web site : http://www.peterlynnhimself.com/Kites_For_Yachts.php
Different projects exist already all aroud the world, but i will start by a sytem to power cargo ships and saving oil by 10 to 35%. – It’s better than nothing, takes less space than regular sails and the most important saves lot’s of money ( 1500 USD a day) so it can be interresting when the price of fuel rises…
Two firms are making kites for boats and are very near to sell their products :
•1• – A small american company : Saving fuel with kite for sail
•2• – A bigger german company : SkySails GmbH :