Barcelona-based Suction Sail developer bound4blue has appointed Elias Boletis as an external advisor to the company.
Boletis brings over 35 years of experience in the maritime industry, having held key positions focused on product development and introduction of new technologies at companies such as Wärtsilä. Recently, he has given emphasis on the implementation and integration of energy saving technologies in marine applications. He is a Senior Advisor to a Classification Company and energy saving product manufacturer, as well as Visiting Professor at the Dalian Maritime University (China), member of IMarEST, ASME and SNAME and participates in several CIMAC activities.
Boletis has a Doctorate in Applied Sciences from the University of Brussels and holds a MSc in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Athens (Greece) and a MSc in Turbomachinery and Fluid Dynamics from the Von Karman Institute (Brussels, Belgium). He has been recognised with several industry awards for work in integration of new technologies, propulsion retrofits and new machinery room architectures.
José Miguel Bermúdez, CEO bound4blue said: “We are delighted to welcome Elias to our team as an external advisor. His extensive experience and deep industry knowledge will be essential as we continue to drive growth and innovation in the wind propulsion field. We are confident that his insights and guidance will help us to identify and capitalize on new opportunities and take our company to new heights.”
Boletis added: “The wind as such is the ‘greenest fuel’, contributing to the decarbonisation of the marine industry. I’m excited to join bound4blue and contribute to the company’s mission to reduce shipping’s emissions in a profitable way. bound4blue has the right product for the merchant and passenger vessel market. After evaluating available energy saving solutions, I recognised that the eSAIL technology has the right cost efficiency for the marine market. The solution is innovative and efficient in converting wind force to propulsive thrust and is produced with conventional material and techniques as used in the wind turbine industry”.