Google acquires Makani Power (green energy)
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, Makani Power
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Consideration: estimated at $30 million (Source: Robohub)
Google acquires Makani Power, a green energy startup that is building airborne wind turbines. Google had previously invested $15M in the company. Makani will be nurtured within Google X skunkworks.
Google intends to push the limits of airborne wind power generation with Makani. Google X’s director Astro Teller stated that Larry Page approved the deal but said that X would need “to make sure to crash at least five of the devices in the near future.”
April 2015 -- Makani is moving from proof-of-concept to testing the system against “real-world” conditions. The company plans to fly an energy kite with an 84 foot wingspan, capable of generating 600 kw of electrical power as the plane flies in circles on the end of a tether. Makani has previously flown a 28 foot wingspan prototype that generates 30 kw of power. The new kite dubbed M600 kite has eight brushless DC motors. The propellers lift the kite vertically to an operational altitude of between 450 and 1,000 feet. :Onboard then computers fly the kite on the end of a tether around a circle that is 475 feet in diameter. Makani hopes to generate 50% more power at half the cost of a conventional wing turbine. The kite begins generating power at a wind speed of 9 mph and is designed to operate in winds up to 26 mph. Later this year, Makani will begin long-duration test flights in Hawaii to examine how much power is generated by varying wind speeds.
April 2015 -- Google applies for a trademark for "MAKANI" relating to the following goods and services: 1) Wind turbines; 2) Wind power plants; offshore wind power plants; 3) Installation of renewable energy generation equipment; erection, construction, installation, maintenance and repair of wind turbines and wind power plants; advisory, consultancy and providing information relating to all the aforesaid services; 4) Leasing of renewable energy equipment for use in converting renewable resources into power; production of energy; generation of energy; providing a website featuring information on the generation of renewable energy.
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