Makani kites:
airborne wind energy

Makani energy kites an airborne wind power technology
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Makani energy kites produce electricity by harnessing energy efficiently from the wind.

Designed for power generation
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Designed for power generation

The Makani energy kite is an aerodynamic wing tethered to a ground station. As the kite flies in loops, rotors on the wing spin as the wind moves through them. Our latest prototype transfers up to 600 kilowatts of electrical power generated onboard down the tether to the grid.

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Harnessing wind

The Makani energy kite flies autonomously in loops averaging 250 meters in diameter. The airflow acting on a moving kite is many times faster than the wind experienced by a stationary object. This powerful apparent wind spins the kite’s rotors, generating a large amount of electricity. Learn more.

Advanced system design
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Advanced system design

A suite of simulation tools guide design and development. For example, computational models of kite aerodynamics, structural loads, and the g-forces of flight inform the design of the 26-meter carbon fiber wing and high-strength tether.

Autonomous guidance
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Autonomous guidance

The kite’s flight path is controlled by onboard computers running custom flight controller software. Data from GPS and other sensors help the software steer the kite.

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Detailed design and robust testing help the Makani team build a seamlessly integrated wind energy solution.

About the journey