There’s power in high-altitude winds, and Google’s Makani isn’t the only one trying to grab it. A Swiss concept uses a newfangled kite.
The prospects for high-altitude wind get a boost as Google acquires Makani Power, a Bay Area startup that uses tethered wings to capture big breezes.
A unique German take on kite-based wind energy forgoes turbines and uses the high flyers to pull a tracked vehicle to create electricity. Yeah, they’re serious.
Researchers say it would take just a small percentage of the vast energy in Earth’s atmosphere to meet our power needs, and doing so wouldn’t wreck the climate.
High-altitude wind power startup Altaeros Energies sends a helium-filled shell holding a 35-foot prototype turbine 350 feet into the air and produces power.
German research throws cold water on using the jet stream for wind power; turns out there’s not much energy there, and using it could be a climate disaster.
Altaeros Energies wins the 2011 ConocoPhillips Energy Prize for its blimp-like, high-altitude airborne wind turbine, which can be deployed in 24 hours.