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Airborne Wind Turbine - 29 Mar 2012

Makani Power is developing an Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT) to extract energy from the powerful, consistent winds at altitude. All flight modes of the kite have been demonstrated by Wing 7, a 30kW prototype of our upcoming utility scale product. Developed with the support of the Department of Energy, office of ARPA-E, and Google, the Wing 7 has a wingspan of eight meters and a mass of 58.4 kg.

In this video, the AWT can be seen launching from a perch, reeling out into hover mode, autonomously transitioning from hover into crosswind flight, flying crosswind to generate power and transitioning out of crosswind back into hover before it finally comes to rest on a perch again.

Topics: Onshore Wind

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