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Need to charge your batteries when you’re off-grid? Go fly a kite!


Many of us dream of travelling into the wilderness, far from the reach of modern life, but the reality is that these days fully charged batteries and reliable communications are an integral part of that escape plan.


While a mini solar panel might be enough to keep your mobile phone topped up, how could you ever keep your electric car fully charged while off-grid?  Impossible.  Or is it?


Rod Read, an inventor from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, has taken on the challenge and is convinced it can be done. The trick is, he uses a network of kites as a wind turbine.


After successfully testing a solution to power his electric bike, Rod openly published working plans for it.

Rod now plans to scale his technology to the electric car level. “The bicycle challenge was easy enough,” explains Rod. “I cycled my e-bike and carried everything I needed to generate power while camping.” Rod used the kite to turn his regenerative e-bike motor to charge the bike battery.


Rods’ simple and affordable turbine uses spinning kites to turn a ground-based generator.  Working in an open source hardware environment, in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde and TU Delft in the Netherlands,  Rod has spent the last five years perfecting his design and his company is now selling these portable kite power systems online.


If you can fly a kite, you can now also generate sustainable energy.


So you’ve got remote power. What about communications? “Altitude really improves line of sight communications” says Rod. “With my phone secured safely inside a kite on the remote west side of the island, I can pick up 3G signal from the east side. Then I log into my phone’s wi-fi hotspot and I’m online!”


The self-sustained, internet connected, e-car camping trip will soon be a reality.


More information, including explanatory videos and sales can be found at –


Contact Rod: +44 1851 870878

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.

Hardly anyone knew what they were watching. This guy seemed to know

definite opinion

definite opinion

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

Now you know what W&I do. Will you do it with us?

Please fund Oliver’s PhD .

Hope to have everything in place to launch a crowd funding campaign in December. I need you onside. Share, Like, Forward, hint, rumour, gossip, sing about, draw, photograph, video, build, cheer, feed me

This could be epic.

That’s the thing about developing with fabrics. We keep changing our look.

Do you like it? Drop us a line. 

With the fantastic news that Oliver Tulloch is doing his PhD on Daisy Rotary Kite Turbines…

It’s only right that we make him a suitable RESEARCH CLASS model. This model will be available for any research institution to buy. Expect to Hear about a crowdfunding campaign for this device soon.

Open Hardware rotary kite power crowd funding coming soon

Open Hardware rotary kite power crowd funding coming soon

With luck and crowd belief, this project can be extended to produce a PORTABLE CLASS device too. With the focus on simplicity, the Portable version will be available for public use. Producing the world’s first AWES, that’s an incredible prospect.


…Lots of updates

Well Daisy drivers have flattened out and efficiency went up.

There’s an Oliver Tulloch from Strathclyde Uni wants to do a PhD on rotary kite stacks. He has started with an excellent 8 week project analysing the torsion transfer nets and the modelling the power available from Daisy kite systems.

I’m going to sell the current prototype stack. I’ll miss it when it goes.

Another much more transportable larger diameter stack is on the way. yay. Will be in the loft sewing lots soon. hmmm.

A new ground station design has come from some good destructive learning Oliver and I managed.

So many design tweaks, addons and re-configurations in the pipeline.

You may have seen a new lifter network design in the youtube videos too.

back to work

Windswept and Interesting Kite ring system

Windswept and Interesting Kite ring system

I have submitted this chapter for inclusion in the Airborne Wind Energy book 2016.

It’s a slimmer stronger document. I always start off too flowery. It was hard for me to develop my rigidly formal side. The 1st version was returned from peer review (rightly so… it was very long winded and short on detail.) Still and all I must return and improve on the dynamic analysis. All help on that is welcome.

More news on open documentation development: Wevolver have now set their Airborne Wind Energy project page live.

The Wevolver community have achieved remarkable success on previous projects.

Today, I am developing a much more in depth step by step ring kite sewing presentation.

Sewing the inner rim tabs

Ring Kite Inner Tabs


The 3 stack Daisy rig was tested again yesterday. It was launched as an attempt on the 100w x100mins x100foot challenge.

This video shows the full test. Windswept and Interesting claims that the challenge has been successfully won.

OK that video can get a bit boring and it’s short on raw data long on hype.

Here’s something altogether more sensible. an open source hardware community platform.

I’m proud to say that Wevolver will be helping to publish Daisy Airborne Wind Energy projects. The wevolver platform is a fantastic place to modify, build, fork, and develop hardware projects, as a community. Airborne Wind Energy will be well and truly open to anybody wishing to build, or improve it. Especial kudos to Cameron Norris working at Enable Makeathon for his work. Please do check out the amazing work of Enable Makeathon. Please keep thinking  about who might be able to help this project when it comes to There are so many parts of the existing work which can be improved upon.

Thank You Forever

Windswept and Interesting owes a debt of gratitude to the following people. You all helped, donated, advised, inspired, supported, supplied, pushed, pulled.
You've Been There! The project has done amazing things already and it's going so much further thanks to you.


Gordon Old, Patrick Sherlock, Andrew Brightwell, Phil Owen, Iain Dobson, Baptiste Labat, Ferg and Alison, Kenny Morrison, Jane Mac, Sandy MacDonald, Night_cavalerie, Hazel Macleay, Jude Maxwell, Amrita Ahluwalia, Ben Sandeen, Alice & Patrick Read, Jude Watmough, The Tullochs, KB, My family, My kids and their pals, Local engineering shops like Ivor Murray and Gordon Diesels have been brilliant, All the AWES tech geeks openly discussing online, Eddie Weather, Local sailors and fisherdudes, Especially the Smith family, AWEC, AWEIA, ALI G, Roy D, UHI, Strathclyde Uni, TU Delft, Freiburg Uni, NASA, FAA, Leodsaich, All the windsurf, kite & nutter surf mates I "grew up" with and the elements... Thanks x

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