Windmills in the Sky

Hapgood, Fred
October 2008
Discover;Oct2008, Vol. 29 Issue 10, p21
The article discusses the efforts of engineers to develop kites that will be used to harness wind energy from altitudes of a mile or more. The author evaluates different design elements of these kites, from those envisioned by Sydney, Australia University of Technology professor Bryan Roberts, to smaller low-altitude kites being designed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Also discussed are scientific revelations about the nature of wind as an energy source.


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