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Kite Power Solutions in Scotland

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:01 am    Post subject: Kite Power Solutions in Scotland Reply with quote

This week there's been a flurry of news about Kite Power Solutions setting up a test site near Glasgow:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/oct/07/kite-power-solutions-scotland-green-energy
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/kite-power-station-scotland-wind-turbine-plant-electricity-a7348576.html

I'm a big fan of airborne wind energy technology. It makes a lot of sense - stronger, more consistent winds, enormous swept area, very low mass (-> low cost and very high EROEI), potential for deep sea floating turbines and much greater potential for wind generation generally.

It has its issues to resolve as well, mostly connected to safety on the ground and in the air, but I have little doubt that those can be overcome.

Euan Mearns (who I'm not generally a big fan of) wrote a pretty decent summary of the technology recently:

http://euanmearns.com/high-altitude-wind-power-reviewed/

Also check out the Airborne Wind Energy Conference presentations from last year if you're interested in finding out more:

http://www.powerswitch.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25819
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