WindLift, LLC was founded in April of 2006

WindLift Kite Engine Company

  • Historic notice:
    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."
  • Andy Stough   AirborneWindEnergy/message/8980     [ "Staugh" might bring results]    windlift.com/team
  • AWE movie interview
  • WindLift Flight Testing    Windlift flight testing
    August 18, 2010
    2:00 PM
    Engelhard, NC
    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.
  • http://www.wenportal.org/index/News/ClientSuccesses/WindLift.htm
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  • WindLift.biz
  • http://windlift.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/coverpagenotext.jpg
  • Robert Creighton        WindLift, LLC  Robert Creighton, CEO    North Carolina. 
  • http://windlift.wordpress.com/
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMa6SNTlRKI
  • http://windlift.wordpress.com/2007/06/30/international-kite-power-assocation/
  • General study
  • http://tinyurl.com/855WindLift
  • 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,
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  • Videos:  
  • [ ]verify: "WindLift uses the National Instruments’ LabVIEW graphical programming language and NI CompactRIO ruggedized embedded instrumentation systems for control and dynamic monitoring"     Quote source.
  • 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 to
    generate more awareness within the trade press for airborne wind." ~Brian MacCleery of National Instruments.
  • "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" SourceJan172010
  • "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 include:

    • 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." Source

  • 2008 June    June 2008 - Tech Connect Summit - Boston. MA


  • [ ] Andy Stough  Sept. 11, 2012,Tues. 10:40 Company Presenter Practical Application of Ground Gen Systems: Challenges and Opportunities Company: Windlift, North Carolina
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