There’s power in high-altitude winds, and Google’s Makani isn’t the only one trying to grab it. A Swiss concept uses a newfangled kite.
The prospects for high-altitude wind get a boost as Google acquires Makani Power, a Bay Area startup that uses tethered wings to capture big breezes.
A unique German take on kite-based wind energy forgoes turbines and uses the high flyers to pull a tracked vehicle to create electricity. Yeah, they’re serious.
Researchers say it would take just a small percentage of the vast energy in Earth’s atmosphere to meet our power needs, and doing so wouldn’t wreck the climate.
High-altitude wind power startup Altaeros Energies sends a helium-filled shell holding a 35-foot prototype turbine 350 feet into the air and produces power.
German research throws cold water on using the jet stream for wind power; turns out there’s not much energy there, and using it could be a climate disaster.
Altaeros Energies wins the 2011 ConocoPhillips Energy Prize for its blimp-like, high-altitude airborne wind turbine, which can be deployed in 24 hours.
Makani Power’s airborne wind turbine, which harvests wind energy at high altitudes, has won Popular Mechanic’s 2011 Breakthrough Award in the Energy Category.
A new market report takes a look at the emerging high altitude wind energy, noting a number of companies in this space are starting to see investments.
Can we take advantage of strong winds thousands of feet above Earth to harvest energy? A NASA researcher is exploring the possibilities.