On 22 November, Alfa Laval and Wallenius finalized the 50/50 joint venture that will take Oceanbird wind power solutions from cutting-edge marine concept to commercial reality.

Oceanbird will take wind power solutions from a cutting-edge marine concept to commercial reality

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Oceanbird will take wind power solutions from a cutting-edge marine concept to commercial reality

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. Fully applied it can reduce emissions by 90% on the largest ocean-going vessels. 

Niclas Dahl, Managing Director, Oceanbird

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Niclas Dahl, Managing Director, Oceanbird brings a background in sustainability-related developments to Oceanbird

The joint venture will be led by Niclas Dahl, who assumed his position as managing director on 1 December.

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

He was previously Vice President of Marine Separation & Heat Transfer Equipment at Alfa Laval. Dahl brings a wealth of experience in developing and launching technologies with a sustainability angle. He spent several years on the development and launch of Alfa Laval PureBallast, a market-leading ballast water treatment solution that was also created in partnership with Wallenius.

“We’re proud of the recognition from our marine industry colleagues, which confirms that Oceanbird is on the right path,” says Niclas Dahl. “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.”