- The energy kite system of Makani consist of four parts: the flying wind tunnel, a tether, ground station, and a computer. The flying wind turbine stays on the ground station until the wind is not conducive to power generation. Once the wind becomes conducive, the ground station launches the flying wind turbine in air up to an altitude of 250 meters.
- After getting airborne, the rotors of flying wind turbine generate electricity by working in different wind conditions. The generated electricity then, transmitted to the ground station via the tether. While the wind turbine is airborne, the computer continuously guides it to optimize electricity generation.
- Google’s patents are specifically related to two power control schemes for rotors of airborne wind tunnels. The first control scheme prioritizes power generation while the second control scheme prioritizes heat control.
Project Makani : Google Files Patents to Optimize Electricity Generation in Flying Wind Turbines
7. 15. 15 by Jim Crawford