In "The new age of sail," New Scientist describes a ship that will be partially pulled by a high-tech kite flying at an altitude of up to 500 meters where winds are more stable than at sea level. The German designers, who tested a prototype last year, estimate that such a hybrid sailing ship would see a 50 percent reduction of its fuel consumption.
Danish and Japanese companies are also designing wind-assisted ships. This overview contains several illustrations about these wind-assisted ships.
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