HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Want to Generate Energy? Go Fly a Kite

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 3/3
Scott Orlosky
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Sounds like we're out to harvest investors rather than the wind...
Scott Orlosky   11/19/2012 10:46:57 PM
NO RATINGS
I have to agree.  As much as I am a fan of alternative energy schemes - this one just seems to have too many nested if . . . then requirements to be ultimately viable.

bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
Go Fly a Kite
bobjengr   11/20/2012 4:28:25 PM
NO RATINGS
 

I always have difficulty with what is and is not practical.  Years ago, I thought airbags were the most illogical devices known to man and yet today, they save countless lives each year.  This approach to harvesting the wind is definitely unique but as others have mentioned, the concept seems to be laden with complexities that would make the application very unreliable.   Obviously a complement to existing power sources, I would imagine a "hit-or-miss" situation at best. Very interesting though and thanks Elizabeth for writing about this one.

chasewhh
User Rank
Iron
Kite Energy Documentary
chasewhh   1/24/2013 1:00:06 AM
NO RATINGS
Great article! I've been working on a documentary exploring whether airborne wind energy technology is a viable alternative energy source for the world to embrace. Please help spread the word on this dynamic and visually stunning documentary:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/757755978/awe-documentary?ref=category

 

Synopsis:

AWE (Airborne Wind Energy) is a film about a new technology with an exciting future and a surprising past.  Inventors worldwide have a goal: Cheaper sustainable energy on a global scale. AWE inventors are driven by the huge potential of the upper atmosphere. Permanently recharging, high speed, high altitude power is an irresistible challenge. The solution is closer than many people dare to dream. Join in, lets explore this enticing and sociable engineering adventure.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Go Fly a Kite
Elizabeth M   1/24/2013 6:51:42 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for your comment, bobjengr. I hear what you're saying and think there are a lot of issues with this idea to be solved before it would actually be viable. But if anyone can come up with answers, the Germans can! They are doing remarkable things in wind energy. I guess time will tell.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Kite Energy Documentary
Elizabeth M   1/24/2013 6:53:33 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for your comment, chasewhh. Your documentary sounds interesting and closely related to this project. I will definitely give it a look. Good luck!

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Kite Energy Documentary
Cabe Atwell   5/24/2014 1:40:55 AM
NO RATINGS
Ben Franklin would be jealous, however how reliable could the kites be? You would need a strong constant wind to keep them flying and enough people on the ground to keep them aloft when the fall.

<<  <  Page 3/3
Partner Zone
More Blogs
An Israeli design student has created a series of unique pieces of jewelry that can harvest energy from default movements of the body and even use human blood as a way to conduct energy.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Help us recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 18 - 22, Embedded Software Development With Python & the Raspberry Pi
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service