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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.

Thanks again! to Local Legend Captain Angus Smith, who helped test this ring to ring rig.

This rig is different to before. Where there used to be a “rope torque ladder” at the bottom of spinning kites. Now I have a ring to ring torque transmission system. It ran so well. I’ve probably set the ring gap a bit short. It looked like it could take a lot more torque even in lift lulls.

Some big pictures.

Airborne Wind Energy Daisy Ring Kite Stack with ring to ring transmission

Airborne Wind Energy Daisy Ring Kite Stack with ring to ring transmission

daisy stack (25 of 54)

This one is working despite the central line snap due to rubbing... A bit of Bushing will sort that.

This one is working despite the central line snap due to rubbing… A bit of Bushing will sort that.

Please read this Windswept and Interesting report into Airborne Wind Energy.

NEW: The report has been updated to this new version

It highlights a new approach, using evolutionary design software to design kite networks.

Kite networks are proving themselves.

Please join the effort to bring an open hardware energy solution. The more people who join, the faster the system evolves. The document is on version 4.3 now. Because of help and advice from Ben Lerner, Graham Brightwell and many others versions 4.4 and 5.0 will be out soon.

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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