a different kind of kite
The first flights of Makani’s energy kite from a floating platform took place earlier this month in the North Sea.
The system, being developed in partnership with Shell and with support from the Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster, consists of a tethered wing designed to harness wind power in waters too deep for fixed wind turbines. The kite is installed on a floating platform, and its autonomous flight system is designed to control flight from a moving base station. Read on.
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