Makani Demos Energy Kites over the North Sea

Airborne flyers are easier to deploy than traditional wind turbines
December 2019

The idea is simple: Send kites or tethered drones hundreds of meters up in the sky to generate electricity from the persistent winds aloft. With such technologies, it might even be possible to produce wind energy around the clock. Dozens of companies and researchers are developing technologies that produce wind power with objects adrift high in the sky. In October, many of them gathered on the ground at a conference in Glasgow. They presented experiments, field tests, and simulations demonstrating various technologies collectively described as airborne wind energy (AWE).

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