If Makani Power of California can put the finishing touches to this wind-powered creation, the Wing 7 could be a welcome addition to address the energy problems we have today. Taking inspiration from Airborne Wind Turbines, the concept is basically a cross between a UAV and a wind turbine tethered from a ground station.
The Wing 7 can ascend to a height of around 1,300 feet and fly autonomously which in turn generates about 20 kilowatts per hour with the help of winds at 20 MPH. The Makani Power folks made use of carbon fibers to ensure that it will be still lightweight.
It can move vertically and/or horizontally and can go around in circles. The electricity that it is generated by the rotors are then transmitted down to the electronically-conductive tether.
At the moment, is being tested in a series of flights this year and, with the backing of funding from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and private investors.