Could High-Flying Kites Power Your Home?

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Airborne wind energy systems use kites flown hundreds of metres in the air, where wind speeds are much faster, to generate electricity. One type uses small wind turbines mounted on a rigid kite (like an aeroplane wing), and the electricity is sent through the kite’s tether. Kitekraft’s model works similarly, but its turbines are dual purpose; the turbines act as propellers, allowing the kite to hover until it reaches the proper height. These systems will likely be most useful to the military and those living off the grid. Read full article here

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