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Thursday, December 2, 2021 

Alfa Laval and Wallenius have finalised the 50/50 joint venture that will take Oceanbird wind power solutions from concept to commercial reality, a move that is considered to make good on the promise of sustainable wind-assisted propulsion.

Through the joint venture, formally named AlfaWall Oceanbird, the two companies will intensify the development of Oceanbird wind power technology. Conceived by Wallenius, this innovative system for vessel propulsion uses wing sails that have more in common with modern aircraft than traditional sailing ships. Fully applied it is estimated to reduce emissions by 90% on the largest ocean-going vessels.

Oceanbird MD Niclas Dahl said: “COP26 put the need for accessible technology in the spotlight. Decarbonising shipping is imperative, and wind is a free source of power with a substantial role to play, and minimum need of infrastructure.”

Dahl has been appointed from his previous role of  VP of Marine Separation and Heat Transfer Equipment at Alfa Laval. Overseeing Oceanbird’s development continues a sustainability journey for Dahl, whose career includes several years of development and launch of Alfa Laval PureBallast, that was also created in partnership with Wallenius.

Already, the Oceanbird team has considerable momentum. Oceanbird was among the winners of the Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards 2021, which was organised by the International Windship Association (IWSA) to promote wind-powered shipping during COP26. Selected by jury as a finalist, Oceanbird carried the Wind Propulsion Products Award category in open voting with 40,000 participants.

Dahl added: “We’re proud of the recognition from our marine industry colleagues, which confirms that Oceanbird is on the right path. As the enthusiasm for wind power grows, we’re moving rapidly to build on what we’ve achieved. Our next wing sail prototype is on the horizon, and we’re on target to have a transatlantic car carrier fully propelled by Oceanbird technology in 2025. Wind is an opportunity we must seize now, there’s simply no time to waste in phasing out fossil fuels.”

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