About us

A Passion for Sustainability

Committed to a Greener Future

We have provided sustainable solutions and technologies since our founding in 2001. It all began with the idea of towing cargo ships by kite to reduce their fuel consumption. This vision turned into reality, and in 2007 SkySails successfully developed the towing kite technology into an industrial application. We became a green shipping pioneer! Up until today, our automatic kite systems tap into high altitude winds to generate power or propel yachts and vessels. And based on our maritime experience, we developed powerful software solutions to reduce fuel consumption on ships. We are driven by the common goal of making the world more sustainable.

Green Technology Made in Germany

The development and production of our innovative solutions and technologies take place in Northern Germany. It’s where we create sustainable products that can propel the energy transition anywhere in the world.

Hamburg - Headquarters and Kite Workshop

Both our headquarters and kite workshop are based in Hamburg. In the former, our engineers and software specialists work hand in hand with sales and marketing experts and a dedicated administration team. The latter is where sailmakers and textile engineers design our power kites, closely working with experienced European manufacturers.

Lower Saxony - Production Site

The assembly of our products takes place at our production site in Lower Saxony. From the smallest screw to the heaviest component, our industrial technicians and electricians have the right tools and know-how to set up a reliable product.

Schleswig Holstein - SkySails Power Pilot Site

To make them even more efficient and reliable, we operate the latest versions of our SkySails Power Airborne Wind Energy Systems at our site in Schleswig-Holstein.

Leading with Purpose

Developing technologies that make the transition real has been a lifetime task for SkySails’ CEO and Founder Stephan Wrage. Flying his kite at the beach as a teenager and impressed by its force, he wondered how to make use of this free and clean resource. Right after completing his engineering studies, he started by developing a solution that implements kites to tow vessels and reduces their fuel consumption. His endeavor to play one’s part to achieve a more sustainable future also forms the baseline of our company.

Leading with Purpose

Developing technologies that make the transition real has been a lifetime task for SkySails’ CEO and Founder Stephan Wrage. Flying his kite at the beach as a teenager and impressed by its force, he wondered how to make use of this free and clean resource. Right after completing his engineering studies, he started by developing a solution that implements kites to tow vessels and reduces their fuel consumption. His endeavor to play one’s part to achieve a more sustainable future also forms the baseline of our company.

An experienced board

Stephan Wrage

CEO and Founder
2001

Stephan Brabeck

CTO, with SkySails since 2005

Mustafa Özen

CFO, with SkySails since October 2021

Wind Energy is our Passion: Martin Lohss, Director HR and Organisation at Sky Sails.

Martin Lohss

Director HR & Organisation, with SkySails since 2003

Wind Energy is our Passion: Tobias Bröning, Head of Sales SkySails Power.

Tobias Bröning

Head of Sales SkySails Power, with SkySails since January 2021

Milestones
2001 – 2021

From founding and first concepts, to prototypes and commercial production – retrace important steps in our company’s 20 year history.

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2001

Founding of SkySails

2001
SkySails founders testing kites from a kayak for early proof of concept.
2003

Start of vessel propulsion system tests

2003
First kite powered commercial vessel propulsion system.
2007

First commercial vessel propulsion system installed

2007
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2011

Founding of SkySails Marine Performance GmbH

2011
SkySails VPER - Vessel Performance Manager Logo
2011

Development & roll-out of Vessel Performance Manager V-PER

2011
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2015

Development & roll-out of Crew Transfer Support System CTS

2015
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2015

Founding of SkySails Power GmbH

2015
First test unit of a SkySails Airborne Wind Energy System.
2016

Installation of SkySails Power AWES test unit

2016
SkySails Propulsion kite installed on Race for Water Yacht
2017

SkySails propulsion kite installed on Race for Water yacht

2017
A SkySails airborne wind energy system that is about to launch its power kite.
2019

Installation of SkySails Power AWES prototype

2019
2020

SkySails Group reaches 100 employees

2020
Engineers assembling airborne wind energy system ground station at SkySails Power production site.
2020

Production start of SkySails Power SKS PN-14

2020
Truck delivering the first SKS PN-14 to a customer

Delivery of first SKS PN-14 unit to a customer

Divisions – Discover our business units

SkySails is a group of companies with the mutual mission to provide technologies and solutions that drive the global energy transition.

Join us - Become a SkySailor

SkySails is driven by the common goal to make the world more sustainable. Everybody in our team plays a central role in realizing this and over the years, we have grown to over 130 people. Sounds interesting? Join us and help reshape the future!