Aeronautical engineer José Miguel Bermúdez, 2018 Princess of Girona Foundation Business Award

The winner was chosen for his business and research career which is currently focused on developing a revolutionary propulsion system for maritime transport that harnesses the wind.

José Miguel Bermúdez Miquel (1986) is an aeronautical engineer specialising in space vehicles. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and has worked for the private technology group GMV Aerospace & Defence, developing software for simulating aircraft trajectories.

After this, he joined in the founding of zero2infinity (z2i), a start-up in the space sector, working in business development and engineering. In parallel, Bermúdez cofounded Marvelmat, which provides services for the hotel sector. In 2014 he set up bound4blue (b4b) with the goal of revolutionising maritime transport as we currently know it by returning to the use of wind as complementary propulsion through an innovative rigid sail system. The technology developed allows the sails to generate part of the power needed, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

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