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Sailing into Energy

ACT Blade

For more than a decade SMAR Azure has been designing some of the fastest sails in the world. The company’s innovations have helped yachts travel up to three times the speed of wind.

Founder Dr Sabrina Malpede identified an opportunity to adapt her sailing technology to improve the performance of wind turbines for the energy sector. As she didn’t have knowledge of the renewable energy sector and needed to qualify her theory with sector experts, she entered ORE Catapult’s Blades Innovation Challenge and established ACT Blade Ltd.

ORE Catapult then led a study which identified a textile blade using the technology could be 50% lighter and 30% stiffer than a conventional fibreglass blade.