Technology designed for large generating capacity
- Model: M600
- Year: 2016
- Wingspan: 26 m
- Rated Power: 600 kW
M600 view from below
8 rotors are spun by the wind in crosswind flight. Each drives a permanent magnet motor/generator that generates electricity onboard.
A tether sends medium voltage power to the kite to get it into flight, then transfers generated power to the grid during crosswind flight.
M600 detailed view
Direct-drive generator units of high power density are supported by the strength and aerodynamic leverage of the 26m carbon fiber wing.
1200VDC silicon carbide motor controllers handle high voltages efficiently with minimal mass.
The 0.5-kilometer-long flexible tether anchors the kite to the ground.
Asymmetrical bridle design facilitates continuous looping flight.
Triple redundant flight computers control the kite’s flight path. The inertial navigation system provides position, velocity, and attitude estimates to the controller.
Measurements from sensors including GPS, barometer, and magnetometer deliver real-time data to the controller. All systems work together to keep the kite on track.
Makani believes that it's possible to unlock additional wind resources that aren’t accessible or cost effective today. Our low mass opens up new possibilities for wind power in deepwater offshore sites. We continue to design, prototype and test energy kites so that more people around the world can have access to clean, affordable wind power.