Windpower Engineering, July 2011, print magazine's column:
Windwatch had feature article "Clever controls let this wing pull
power out of the wind", page 8-9. Article used terms: airfoil,
wing, FPGA, system, levelwind, drum, , National Instruments CompactRIO,
sensors, ..." but stayed away from using term "kite" or AWE or AWECS.
"The airfoil, a sort of flying wing, pulls two tethers wrapped around
drums which turns a generator."
AirborneWindEnergy/message/8980 [ "Staugh"
might bring results] windlift.com/team
AWE movie interview
WindLift Flight Testing
Windlift flight testing
August 18, 2010
Estimated wind speed: 8-12 mph
Peak power observed during generate stroke: 3 kW
Windlift flight testing 2
Video from the second flight test of the Windlift Model 8 system. Testing was
performed October 6, 2010 at Engelhard, North Carolina.
Robert Creighton WindLift, LLC Robert Creighton, CEO North Carolina.
Did speak at the Chico, CA, HAWP conference
See his summary..
Keywords: WindLift Kite Engine, IKPA, International Kite Power
Association, WindLift.biz, WindLift, (could be with some findings: Wind
Lift ), Rob Creighton, Robert Creighton, irrigation by kites, pumping
water by kites, generate electricity by kites,
Im6 Im7 Im8 Im9 Im10 Im11 Im12
- [ ]verify:
"WindLift uses the National Instruments’ LabVIEW graphical programming
language and NI CompactRIO ruggedized embedded instrumentation systems
for control and dynamic monitoring"
- 2009: "Last year we provided grants to 27 companies, including
one airborne wind
company, WindLift. They just sent in a case study, which we plan to use
generate more awareness within the trade press for airborne wind."
~Brian MacCleery of
- "Likewise, Windlift (Durham, N.C.), slashed the size of its own
development team of wind power engineers, who are creating a battlefield
power-generation system that uses kites to generate enough power for
soldiers in remote locations in Afghanistan"
- "Gomez foresees a big push in the clean energy sector—a push evident
in the work of WindLift, LLC, developer of low-cost, next-generation
“tethered airfoil” wind turbines. Airborne wind energy systems have
potential advantages over traditional turbines, including the ability to
capture more of the available wind energy; the ability to scale to
larger sizes and output ratings; and heavier duty, less-expensive
transmission/generation systems (which can be located on the ground
instead of a tower).
Though the tethered airfoil concept was patented in the late 1970s,
it has not been in production before because the necessary component
technologies were not previously available at reasonable prices. These
• advanced wireless sensor networks and instrumentation;
• real-time computing for the autopilot system;
• reconfigurable, field-programmable gate hardware that eliminates the
need for expensive and costly custom circuit board designs; and
• sophisticated software algorithms for controlling power generation
and grid synchronization.
WindLift is found in National Instruments’ CompactRIO, a “convergence
platform” that integrates these technologies and combines them with
system-level software development tools. According to WindLift controls
engineer Matt Bennett, the platform provided the needed power,
flexibility and functionality—and the ability to seamlessly transition
from prototype to production with the same hardware and software."
- 2008 June
2008 - Tech Connect Summit - Boston. MA