08. 06. 2008
A surprising new source of renewable energy: Kites
Yes, I'm serious. Yes, I am now singing "Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest heights" in my signature off-key way.
The Guardian newspaper reports that scientists from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, one of Europe's top research institutions, were able to harness wind energy by flying a 10-sq metre (107.6 sq feet) kite tethered to a generator. They produced ten kilowatts of power, enough to power ten family homes. And I bet they had a great time, too!
The scientists now have plans to harness even more power from an even bigger kite. Could we soon see fields of kites flying high, instead of the traditional wind farm? Let's hope so.