Giant Kites to Wind Power UK Homes
|Source: Kite Power Systems' Wind Power Kite|
Scotland-based Kite Power Systems vows to provide wind generated electricity to more than 5000 British homes by 2020. Their kite power technology system is novel and promising. They say they can harness clean wind energy at the utility scale. They're the UK's only company active in the high altitude wind power sector. They claim they're cheaper than fossil fuel electricity generation and cost much less than traditional wind turbines. They also use 85% less material.
Kite Power Systems features 2 kites that fly up to 1500 feet. They travel up to 100 mph in 20 mph winds. They're attached by tether to a winch system that drives a generator as they spool out producing electricity for the grid. In essence, the tether tension causes the line to spool out from a rotating drum, which turns a generator to produce electricity. Sustainable, renewable & no greenhouse gas emissions.
Electricity for UK Homes
In 2020, Kite Power Systems says the electricity for UK homes will come from the world's 1st wind farm powered by giant kites. 20 kites will work in pairs for the 5000+ British homes. They'll generate 500 kw of power to start. The company is currently flight testing a 40 kw system and it's manufacturing the 500 kw model.