Want to Generate Renewable Energy? Go Fly a Kite!

Going green — By on June 23, 2010 at 11:56 am
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Kite wind power

Clean, renewable energy flows around the world each and every day, just begging to be harnessed.  When it comes to wind energy, turbines, sails and even kites are all options to help us break our addiction to foreign oil.

Seriously?  Kites?

Could an idea based on a child’s toy be the answer to pressing energy dilemmas?  One California-based company, Makani Power, believes so.  It is developing a way to generate 1 megawatt (MW) of electricity using a kite.

The sky is (not) the limit for kite wind power.  In fact, the company’s energy harvesting kite can fly up to the high altitudes at which wind currents have greater energy than at ground level, where conventional wind turbines stand.

And its not alone.  Researchers around the globe are turning to kites as a way to generate significant amounts of wind energy in an efficient manner.  By flying kites high into the air, we could tap into global high altitude wind energy and quite possible turn playtime into serious power play.

Next time you start wondering about how to efficiently generate renewable energy, perhaps you should go fly a kite!

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4 Comments

  1. Joanna says:

    This is just another example of why we could’ve and should’ve ended the addiction to oil decades ago!

  2. admin says:

    I cannot agree more, Joanna! There are definitely solutions out there, if we would just remove the blockade of big oil lobbyists and the congresspeople that listen to them…

  3. RecycleBill says:

    All we lack is the personal and political willpower to make it happen.

  4. Tony says:

    We would be so much better off from environmental, security and even economic standpoints in the long run if we just made some investments now to get off fossil fuels.

    It is pretty pathetic how shortsighted most people are.

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