Makani Power

Business Description

Makani Power is a green energy startup that is building an Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT) that essentially combines kites with turbines flying in vertical loops to capture a stronger, more consistent wind with on-­board power generation traveling down a tether to the grid. Core technology includes high speed, autonomous flight and power generation. Compared to a conventional wind turbine, it produces more power at any given wind speed and especially at such previously unaccessible altitudes as 1,000 feet. At these altitudes, 85% of the United States can offer viable wind resources compared to only 15% with current technology. Google acquired the company in 2013.

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