Makani was founded in 2006 by Corwin Hardham, Don Montague, and Saul Griffith to harness untapped wind resources more efficiently. In 2009, Makani was awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E), to design and test our 20 kW energy kite prototype.
Over the first five years of development, and thousands of hours of field testing, the energy kite evolved from a fabric kite powering a generator on the ground to a high-performance kite with on-board power generation. In May 2013, Makani was acquired by Google and is now working within the X team to make energy kites and widespread clean energy a commercial reality.
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