Windship Technology, a UK firm with a background in yacht racing, has been developing triple-wing sails designed to cut fuel consumption by 30% for nearly a decade.

Under new chief executive Graham Harvey, it is raising investment to take its sails into prototype production and a fully zero-emission design incorporating solar power and carbon capture to market.

BAR Technologies’ tie-up with Cargill “shows that the market is waking up to the opportunities of wind power”, says Windship technical director Simon Rogers.