The best power to weight = the best scalability
Airborne Wind Energy Systems will scale to significant sizes by using networks of small kites
Keeping blade sizes consistent with most probable wind means Kite Turbine blades work efficiently even when flown as a larger network.
The mechanical autogyro action is easier to automate for larger deployments.
Multiple lines and multiple anchors avoid single point failures. Back lines stop breakaways.
Networked kite turbines still function even if multiple lines break.
Kite turbines have no lines running over drums or winches so there is virtually no line wear.
Kites stacked in networks share the same working lines this reduces the amount of drag per kite.
Folks needed cheering up around COP26,
This was a warming & optimistic feature story
Kites inflate their turbine rings up, out and around.
This pulls the lines and transmits torque to ground.
This technology has huge potential benfits in our climate crisis
We need you onboard, We can do great things working together.
A kite turbine has less line drag than any other airborne wind turbine. Especially when it is stacked. More kites up a line = Less line drag per kite.
Kite turbines can fly under 30m above ground - making them the only CAA ANO CAP393 compliant airborne wind energy system.
Every part of a Kite Turbine is networked with multiple connections, so nothing can fly free.
Our multiline torque transmission system is incredibly lightweight and capable
The dynamics were first described by Ollie during his PhD in Strathclyde
The Kite Turbine fits in the boot of an electric car.
We used it to remotely part charge our e-nv200 van.
Next is a mission to a remote location with nothing but Kite power to bring us back.
There's a lot of study going on right now. Windswept and Interesting are very grateful for the help of the Airborne Wind Energy Community. Especially researchers in University of Strathclyde
We are building collaborations across industry and preparing to develop an automated 10kW system to investigate scaling & offshore deployment potential.
This is going to be fun.