November 5, 2012 By News Staff
Answer: stunt kites
To refute this theory that the German plains are all but tapped out when it comes to wind energy production, researchers are sending stunt kites into the skies to harness the wind and convert the kinetic energy generated into electricity, according to Phys.org.
Engineer Joachim Montnacher explains on Phys.org how a "kite power station" works: "The kites fly at a height of 300 to 500 meters, perfectly positioned to be caught by strong winds. Cables, about 700 meters in length, tether the kites to vehicles and pull them around a circuit on rails. A generator then converts the kinetic energy of the vehicles into electricity. The control and measuring technology is positioned on the vehicles."
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