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First commercial-scale energy kite

 
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Spike

Since 13 May 2007
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PostTue May 23, 17 10:10 pm    First commercial-scale energy kite Reply with quote

Now that's a kite

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Makani was founded by Gorge native Corwin Hardham

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Matt V

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PostWed May 24, 17 4:12 am     Reply with quote

Ah! the kite loop.
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Jjbruckner

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PostFri May 26, 17 5:38 pm     Reply with quote

This one looks like a totally different idea

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/first-wind-farm-to-be-built-powered-by-kites-wrjcmfldk

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Spike

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PostSun May 28, 17 12:48 pm     Reply with quote

Jjbruckner wrote:
This one looks like a totally different idea

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/first-wind-farm-to-be-built-powered-by-kites-wrjcmfldk


Yep, there are two major camps in airborne wind power: onboard generation (like Makani), and on-the-ground generation like the one you posted. Both have advantages and disadvantages:

Onboard generation requires you to lift the mass of the generators, always tricky when your trying to keep something in the air, and send power down the tether.
On-the-ground generation requires you to have a winching system of some sort, putting a lot of wear on parts that need to last a long time, and you have to find a way to land your system without power since you don't have any onboard.

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