Google has bought a firm that uses robotic kites to generate power using miniature wind turbines in the sky. Makani Power originally started with the assistance of ARPA-E, which isn’t the Defense Department’s gadget factory (that’s DARPA) but rather an agency of the Department of Energy exploring alternative power sources. Google had later come along [...]
Google X, the tech giant's top secret experimental branch, recently announced that it will take over Makani Power, a startup that develops wind turbines that fly through the air like a kite, rather than being mounted on massive poles cemented into the ground.
The people behind the Invelox turbine claim that it can take a small gust of wind and make it much bigger. If they’re right, it could change the equation of renewable power. Daryoush Allaei thinks the wind power industry has it all wrong. Show More Summary
It’s been a long time since we covered Makani Power, the company developing kite-like wind turbines. But the company didn’t float away (bad pun intended). In fact, it has just been bought by Google, for development under its Google[x] division. Show More Summary
The world’s first wind/current energy generation system is now set to be installed off the coast of Japan, sometime towards the end of the year. The system, capable of producing twice as much energy as a conventional wind turbine, is estimated to be able to generate enough electricity to power around 300 homes. Show More Summary
Iowa State engineers have been working on making wind turbines taller and stronger by using concrete instead of steel. Will it stick? Taller wind turbines are better – really, it’s been confirmed. So, making wind turbines taller and stronger seems like a never-ending goal (though, I imagine it does have its limits). Show More Summary
Already a backer of the kite-based turbine designers, Google brings it fully under its wing
Despite being the most common renewable energy technologies, solar panels and wind turbines still have their shortcomings. Particularly when it comes to the urban environment. Lack of space and concerns about noise are just two problems with integrating them into city settings in an unobtrusive way. Show More Summary
Larry Page just picked up another bird for his flying craft collection, and this plane doesn't even carry passengers. In fact, it's not used for transportation at all -- the aircraft is tethered to the ground. Google X, the tech giant's experimental arm, recently acquired the device's designer, Makani Power. Show More Summary
Search giant Google is acquiring Makani Power, the maker of airborne wind turbines. The turbines are tethered wings that generate power by flying in large circles, which the company says eliminates 90% of the material needed in conventional wind turbines. Show More Summary
The search giant purchases a small airborne wind turbine maker that can tap wind power in high altitudes and at sea.
Google has acquired Makani Power, which makes wind turbines that fly like kites, for its Google X unit, Bloomberg Businessweek reported and Makani confirmed. Google had previously invested directly in the company, which said it "completed the first ever autonomous all-modes flight with our Wing 7 prototype last week."
Google confirmed to Bloomberg Businesweek today that it bought Makani Power, a company that makes airborne turbines that collect wind power and delivers it to the ground via a tethered cable. Makani Power will become part of Google X,...Show More Summary
After previously investing into the company, Google has now acquired Makani Power, a green energy startup that is currently building airborne wind turbines. The acquisition was first reported in Brad Stone’s Businessweek story about Google X and judging from Stone’s story, the team will join Google X. Show More Summary
Urban Green Energy (UGE) recently unveiled its newest vertical-axis wind turbine, the VisionAIR, as part of an installation at the Beijing International Garden Expo. The company confirmed to Gizmag that the VisionAIR is replacing its...Show More Summary
It's true those teeny wind turbines attached to big buildings always look...useless. So Stockholm architects tried to come up with better energy collectors for skyscrapers.
Summary Summary text: Artificial atoll in North Sea will store energy generated by Belgium’s network of offshore turbines. Artificial atoll in North Sea will store energy generated by Belgium’s network of offshore turbines. Belgium has proposed an artificial island in the North Sea, storing wind energy generated by its network of offshore turbines. Show More Summary
Small wind turbines are a perennial point of contention. According to wind energy expert Paul Gipe, they often don’t live up to their hype. However, in very high-wind and off-grid situations, they may sometimes be useful. You really just have to do the best you can to evaluate your unique situation. Show More Summary
Bill Snape of the Center for Biological Diversity explains why killing endangered species is okay as long it's a wind turbine doing the deed. This report aired on The Source May 20 2013....
WASHINGTON — Environmentalists and animal preservationists are up in arms over the Obama administration’s lack of enforcement at wind farms. According to the Associated Press, at one wind farm in Wyoming, the wind turbines have killed more than 48 golden eagles since 2009. So much for being environmentally-friend wind turbines. Although each death is a [...]