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.
energyNow! meets up with the innovators turning the idea of flying a kite into an airborne wind turbine that’s lighter and more powerful than traditional wind turbines.
Makani Power’s airborne wind turbine, which harvests wind energy at high altitudes, has won Popular Mechanic’s 2011 Breakthrough Award in the Energy Category.
Makani Power recently tested a large-wing kite it believes can act like a high-flying wind turbine to provide wind energy to the power grid.