Flying Kites In The Ocean Currents

Model Kite Simulation

The Ocean Currents Are A Huge Untapped Resource For Energy Generation.

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute has a grant to do studies on using kites that will fly in the fast flowing ocean currents.

The interesting thing about kites is that they can go faster than the current they are flying in by going back and forth across the current.

With the power output being proportional to the cube of the velocity that means that kites could be the ideal vehicle to hang a generating device on to maximize power output from an ocean current .

Here is a short video discussing the concept and showing some of the early tests.


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