22 Aug '12, 1pm

The Power Above: Kite Power Seeks High Altitude Power

They’re not a religious sect trawling for a deity. They’re part of a Turin-based startup called Kite Gen Research and, as their name implies, they want to generate electricity by flying kites — really big kites, really high. The basic idea is simple: Unreel a huge piece of fabric into mile high winds that will haul the thing along at expressway speed. Tether the fast spinning string to earthbound alternators and crank out megawatts of power. “Imagine you have a fishing rod, but instead of a fish, you have a kite,” says Stefano Serra, a Kite Gen consultant. “The fish pulls away. Just attach an alternator to the reel, and you produce energy.” Or, as Kite Gen president and founder Massimo Ippolito likes to say in describing the physics, “It’s not our invention. It’s the wind.” A Constant Howl What Ippolito means is that Kite Gen is leveraging the laws of nature. Higher altitu...

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