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Title: Wind Power From Kites


1
Wind Power From Kites
Professor David J. Olinger Mechanical Engineering
Dept. WPI WPI's Fifth US-Africa Business
Conference
2
WPI KITE POWER TEAM
  • Professor David J. Olinger
  • Dr. Jitendra Goela, Rohm and Haas Company, Woburn
    MA
  • Gabe Baldwin, Mike Blouin, Peter Bertoli, Ryan
    Buckley, Chris Colschen, Mike DeCuir, Max Hurgin,
    Ben Isabella, Taylor LaLonde, Erik Lovejoy, Josh
    Rodden, Mike Sangermano, Nick Simone, Nick Urko
  • 2006-2008

3
Motivation Goals
  • Increased access to electricity, water, power in
    developing nations must be provided in a
    sustainable way using renewable energy sources,
    such as wind power
  • Develop a new renewable energy technology Wind
    Power from Kites
  • Build prototype capable of generating 1KW

4
Wind Power from Kites Prototype Converts
up-and-down motion of kite into electricity that
is stored in batteries
5
Animation - System Operation
Wind is from Left to Right
Olinger, D.J. Goela, J.S. , Performance
Characteristics of a one-kilowatt scale kite
power system, ASME Paper ES2008-54032, Energy
Sustainability 2008, Jacksonville, FL August 2008.
6
Advantages of Kite Power for Developing Nations
  • Potentially cheaper than a wind turbine
  • More economical in low wind speed regions
  • Higher wind speeds at higher altitudes
  • Kites can fly faster than the wind apparent
    velocity effect
  • More aesthetically pleasing
  • environmentally friendly than wind turbines

7
Advantages for Developing Nations
8
Field Testing
WPI KITE POWER TEAM STUDENTS
Heifer Internationals Overlook Farm Rutland,
MA Seabrook, NH beaches
9
Wiki WPI Kite Power Team
http//www2.me.wpi.edu/wpi-kites Link in agenda
on conference website
Other kite power researchers
WindLift, LLC http//windlift.wordpress.com
/about/ Makani Power, Inc. www.makanipower.com
Jet stream winds
10
Conclusions
  • Wind Power from Kites is a potential renewable
    energy technology
  • WPI Kite Power Team has constructed a working
    kite power prototype
  • Many successes! Still work to do!
  • Feedback
  • Potential use in Africa
  • Educational/business linkages
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