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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

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 ES , 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 Link in agenda on conference website Other kite power researchers: WindLift, LLC Makani Power, Inc. Jet stream windswww.makanipower.com

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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