Drones and Kites Could be The Future of Energy

| June 23, 2019

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More and more companies are exploring high-flying drones and kites as a way to harness the wind’s power to generate electricity. The use of wind-generated power increased by 500% in 2018 versus 2008 yet only around four percent of the world’s electricity is currently sourced in this way. Critics say that wind does not constitute a consistent source of energy and that it is unreliable. But what if there were a way to turn wind into a reliable source of power? Winds 500 Meters Above the Ground Are Stronger and More Frequent Since wind at a high altitude is more powerful and consistent, it can be better used as a source of electricity. In 2012, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California conducted a study into high-altitude winds and discovered that it has the potential to provide 100 times the energy required by the world. A problem that remains is that while wind turbines are being built bigger every year to try to harness high-altitude winds, the expenses involved are also skyrocketing. A More Cost-Effective and Friendly Way to Harness Wind Power High-tech drones and kites may offer a less expensive way to reach more stable and powerful winds. These systems are constructed using as little as 1% to 10% of the materials needed to build a turbine.

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