The Makani energy kite


By: Jackie Rivas

The Makani energy turbine – Generating energy at 1,200 feet

Unlike a traditional wind turbine that has three big blades that are thrust high into the sky at 328-foot tower. The Makani has one fixed wing glider attached to a tether (like a kite) it also pilots itself in the same patter as a spinning turbine. The tether allows the turbine to fly higher that a turbine to reach much stronger and more consistent winds. The energy it creates travels down to the tether and down to the power grid

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This relates to engineering because the makers had a goal to make a better energy turbine and they would have had to go through many prototypes to create this final model. This relates to the world because this turbine can be used to create better, stronger turbines and gliders.