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Santos KiteLab link set
- Kite Electricity Generating Systems
FEGs by KiteLab
- Kite types
collection (video and stills)
AWE February 2009 images, vids
Update report from KiteLab with
exciting video. Feb. 25, 2009
- ...? more to come and
, Soft Wing Mill, Soft Wing Mill See also:
- June 2009
Passive-control on lifter-kited Dutch-roll power cycle
- KiteLab is now a partner of
GVEP, a major UK charity
supporting alternative energy equity in the developing world.
| 5 Feb 2010
Single-Line Rotary-Power Demonstration
It has long been thought that a looping kite could directly drive a crank
on the ground by a single line, but demonstrations were lacking. Last
wednesday, in high wind, KiteLab Ilwaco made the idea work.
The looper was but a crude foam panel wing with a tri-bridle setting its
CP & AoA. Any parafoil power kite can be rigged similarly. The inside wing
tip was strung up to a tree, but a pilot kite would have served. The crank
was a heavy bent wire with a plastic spool as a bearing. Fingers on the
crank-shaft served as a De Prony brake to feel power seemingly just as
vigorous as if a solid turbine & drive shaft were employed.
This is close to The Grail, a simple way to make a "flying turbine tip"
drive a generator on the ground by a single line to one anchor point.
There are two basic requirements for this mechanism. The crank axis must
point right at the center of the kite loop circle & the crank be rigidly
held so as not to slop about.
The next single-line rotary power experiments will use serious power
kites, looping under pilot kites, to drive real loads. KiteLab Ilwaco has
previously shown effective rotary power by three lines & reciprocating
power by one line.
ds for CoopIP
- This KiteLab of Ilwaco and Austin is a pending member of
KiteLab Group as is KiteLab of
- "Please remember that the KiteLab approach has never
fixated on any one pet AWE scheme,
but will go with any emergent winning technology as it proves out.
This is essential agile engineering. Anyone who likes this path is invited to
join the cooperative effort." ds 30jan2010