It took ages for me to realise I was a kite turbine inventor.
No wonder mum said “Believe it when I see it..” It’s an amazing & odd thing I make in my loft. Explaining a structure without precedent is hard.
Finally this weekend, seeing became believing. Over 30K Youtube viewers watched the evolution of Daisy kites. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaXfkXBUpaI[/embedyt]
Hardly anyone knew what they were watching. This guy seemed to know
To clarify what this kite power mission is.
- The world needs a huge change to sustainable clean energy.
- Kite wind turbines can be enormous, powerful and lightweight.
- Kite turbines use a tiny fraction of the carbon needed to make a “Normal” wind turbine.
- Kite turbines don’t have intense tip vortices which kill birds and bats.
- Kite turbines (Not all of them) can be failsafe using multiple backup line networks.
- Large kite turbines will produce the worlds cheapest energy.
- Kite turbines can be transported anywhere and made anywhere.
- Open source hardware shares construction plans to save money.
Kite power (going by the book ) is like rocket science, but hard.
Daisy kites are easy to use. They’re just spinning toy kites. They transfer power in a simple but uncommon way. They are made using everyday parts.
The mission is clear. So, I spent some years researching Airborne Wind Energy, designing possible systems and testing some out. In my opinion, the Daisy stack method is the most convincing design. The prototypes have worked really well. The hard bit now, is translating the working prototype physics into formal engineering.
That’s where Oliver Tulloch from Strathclyde University comes in. Ollie is taking on a PhD in Rotary kite Networks and he needs our help. Ollie is studying the unique Daisy kite ring method of tension based torsion power transfer. The working prototypes hold an amazing potential for larger utility sized devices.
It shouldn’t only be Ollie though. We need more people to test this method. You can either build your own system or you can buy one of ours. You can actively join in with our testing and development in online forums.
Normally when it comes to selling a product, the formal Engineering descriptions have to translate into business promotion jargon via legalese obfuscation. This is open hardware. We tell it to you straight. You get an individual test report on the system you buy. You can actively join in with our testing and development in online forums. You get online help from a community of developers.
No W&I haven’t patented the Daisy kite method because sharing this work is too important.
We all need clean cheap energy and this is a strong candidate solution. It needs widespread testing. It needs to be available.
Please join in and keep helping this research.
You can fund Oliver’s PhD directly.
Please read up on Airborne Wind Energy. It’s the future of wind power. The science has gained mainstream following.
Please judge the W&I Daisy Kite for yourself. A guide to Airborne Wind Energy Systems business case analysis is at http://someAWE.org
Now you know what W&I do. Will you do it with us?
Please fund Oliver’s PhD .