Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TEDxFlanders 2011: Kite Wind Energy Researcher by Reinhart Paelinck

Following the disaster in Fukushima, the world is more than ever focused on finding durable alternatives to both fossil fuels and nuclear power. Wind and solar power have become widely accepted as realistic substitutes. Current wind power generation relies on rigid supporting structures and is limited to altitudes up to 200 meters. Wind at higher altitudes is significantly stronger and more persistent. To access this major potential of renewable energy, the Kite Power research group is developing a new technology to extend the economical scope of windpower in off-shore and remote locations. Reinhart Paelinck is helping to shape the future of airborne wind energy.

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