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Wind Power from Kites 2008 Public

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The goal of this project was to design and build a one-kilowatt scale system for generating power using a kite. Kite power has the potential to be more economical than using wind turbines because kites can fly higher than turbines can operate. In the developed system, a large windboarding kite pulls the end of a long rocking arm which turns a generator and creates electricity. This motion is repeated using a mechanism that changes the angle of attack of the kite during each cycle, thus varying its lift force and allowing a rocking motion of the arm. All sub-components of the system have been lab tested and field tested. The system has produced power under restricted conditions. A future application for this system will be in a developing nation without access to a power grid.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
Last modified
  • 01/08/2021
  • E-project-042408-075921
  • 2008
Date created
  • 2008-04-24
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