08 Mar '12, 5pm

Makani Airborne Wind Turbine Gets $3 Million Energy Department Grant

Makani Airborne Wind Turbine Gets $3 Million Energy Department Grant

© Makani Power A California company, Makani Power, was awarded a $3 million grant to further their development of a flying wind turbine which has 90% less mass than traditional wind turbines, plus the ability to generate electricity from much lower wind speeds than most other turbines can harvest. According to the NY Times , even if the wind is only 10 or 15 miles an hour, the company's device can circle at speeds of about 100 miles an hour, as the propellers are turned by the wind, which makes it possible for it to generate electricity at wind speeds too low for other turbines to use. The Makani Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT) can access stronger and more consistent wind at altitudes near 1,000 feet, which means that 85% of the US could have viable wind resources using the device (compared to just 15% using current turbine technology). The Makani turbine could also be deploye...

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