Not long ago, we covered a solar farm/art installation that looked like a maze made of ribbons. Now, we’d like to present another entry in Abu Dhabi’s Land Art Generator Initiative, which combines land art projects with renewable energy generation: an energy-generating kite farm slated for a public beach in the United Arab Emirates.
Designed by Colombian landscape architecture studio Paisajes Emergentes, the kite farm features 200 para-kites tethered to flexible posts that make use of micro Windbelt generators to convert wind into enough electricity to power more than 600 homes. This high-flying eco-park will allow people to interact with energy production in several different ways.
A local homeowner, for example, can choose to participate by buying energy from one of these kites, essentially “sponsoring” it. (As a techno token of appreciation, he or she will also receive a live feed of the beach views from the para-kite sent to a monitor in the home — a living landscape painting, of sorts.) Visitors to the park can also check out the view from above using a periscope-like device embedded in each tether post, while the very adventurous are free to actually harness themselves to the kite, para-sailing while producing energy (and garnering green energy/extreme sport bragging rights for the rest of eternity).
The 200 kites extend across a 60-meter (196-foot) grid of flexible posts that correspond to tide levels, so they won’t get washed away or eroded. The posts constitute the only disturbance to the land, and marine life is left “completely undisturbed” (except perhaps by the sight of these hovering strange birds overhead). According to Inhabitat, each kite can produce roughly 6,200 kilowatt-hours a year, which is enough to power three energy-efficient homes.