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Alphabet’s Makani Tests Wind Energy Kites in the North Sea

The flyers are just one of several airborne wind energy technologies that could shape the future of wind power

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August photograph of Makani's energy kite and buoy setup in the North Sea.
Photo: Makani Technologies

The idea is simple: Send kites or tethered drones hundreds of meters up in the sky to generate electricity from the persistent winds aloft. With such technologies, it might even be possible to produce wind energy around the clock. However, the engineering required to realize this vision is still very much a work in progress.

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