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Revolutionary Airborne Wind Energy System in Operation in the Republic of Mauritius


The wind power system supplies green electricity generated from high-altitude winds to the island grid. The project serves to demonstrate the commercial viability of the technology for the market entry to East Africa and the region of the Indian Ocean.

A revolutionary new technology for green power supply has taken off on the island of Mauritius: A kite of 120 m² flies over the sugar cane fields of the island in the Indian Ocean to harness the wind in several hundred meters of altitude. The system is operated by SkySails Power Indian Ocean, a joint venture of German company SkySails Power and Mauritian IBL Energy Holdings. Following a period of installation and commissioning, the electricity operator CEB has officially confirmed the grid compliance of the system and granted the permit to feed electricity into the island grid. After successful validation, the project will position the Republic of Mauritius as hub for the deployment of the innovative technology in East Africa and the region of the Indian Ocean.

The project was awarded by the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA) under the National scheme for emerging/innovative renewable energy technologies. The Republic of Mauritius is targeting a 60% share of renewables in its electricity mix by 2030. The project is now being carried out with the collaboration of MARENA, CEB and MRIC (Mauritius Research and Innovation Counci). The Economic Development Board has been supportive in the implementation and facilitation of the project in Mauritius.

Stephan Wrage, CEO SkySails Power GmbH: “We are proud to make our contribution to turn Mauritius more indepent from fossil energies. The objective of this project is to prove that airborne wind energy is an existing solution to provide green power to regions that highly depend on diesel generators up to now.”

Pierre Egot, General Manager of IBL Energy: “IBL Energy has found with SkySails technology the answer to meet the requirements of a call to proposals for innovative renewable energy technologies from the Mauritian Renewable Energy Agency. This pilot project has a local and national focus for now, but the technology holds strong promises for deployment tomorrow in the entire Indian Ocean because the winds there are strong and regular.”