The well-known KiteGen Carousel concept involves teaming up multiple
stacks of "pumping" phased power kites to turn a giant turntable. There
are two major challenges to resolve; first there is the need to keep the
kites clear of each other & the ground, for if they foul a terrible mess
can result; & second, the "grunt" power of kites & a slowly moving
carousel is far from the high-speed rotation practical electrical
PS Carousel Note- A large carousel can be cheaply made with a reverse-banked circular road for wheeled vehicles. Steel cables like bike spokes can connect the vehicles across the hub and maintain spacing. The need for expensive fabricated megastructure, like a large rigid wheel, cantilevers, or elevated track, is avoided.
The ultimate simplification is a kite field of fixed anchor points where every kite cell sends phased tugs to a central generator crankshaft, the generator and gearing being the vestigial carousel, but at the largest industrial scale for those components. M3932 Aug.6, 2011
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