Wind power

From Germany energy on rails with the Kite


There Germany proves once again that he has practical sense and genius. We have already seen it with the clean energy storage system, today we see it with a vehicle pulled by the wind. This is not aelectric car powered by electricity from thewind power but of a rail system connected to a particular kite, just like that of Kitesurfing. The system would produce clean energy with an efficiency of eight times higher than that of conventional wind turbines.


We know very well that high altitude winds blow stronger. The Kite Gen was born in Italy, the kite that by operating a turbine produces electricity. This time the kite is not connected to any turbine but to a half by rail. The idea was implemented by a German company in partnership with the Frauhofer Institute.

The rotor of a turbine can rotate at a maximum height of 200 meters and must be positioned away from built-up areas. A kite has no limitations and appears to be even more efficient:

“The energy efficiency of a kite far exceeds that of one wind turbine which cannot rise above 200 meters. With the Kite we see the doubling of the wind speed and the energy production it is eight times higher. Depending on the wind conditions, eight kites flying over an area of ​​300 square meters can produce as much energy as 20 conventional wind turbines with a power of one megawatt each would produce. "

This is how Jaochim Montnacher of the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart explains. As extravagant as the idea may seem, the German company NTS and researchers from the Frauhofer Institute in Stuttgart are confident in this new wind technology. In addition, the wind technology of the Kite has much more affordable prices than the classic ones wind turbines. Thus the first is experienced in Stuttgart half on rails pushed by the wind. The results are excellent, the crucial point will be to assemble a promising control unit: the control unit should transmit the information to automatically adjust the kite cable so as to establish the “Flight maneuvers"More appropriate.

The NTS tested the technology along a 400-meter straight, the final goal will be the preparation of a track that can accommodate more kites. According to the company's simulations, 24 kites could generate a power of 120 GWh per year, the energy needed to power approximately 30,000 homes.

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