A scout troupe asked me for a kite turbine, for a scout Jamboree in Austria. Why Not?
I entered Daisy-kite-turbine in the 2014 Hackaday prize.
Significant improvements in power, weight, portability, strength, control, data collection, deployment, smoothing, scalability, designs, efficiency ... Merit an update. The new power to mass ratio (>300W/kg flying material) means these turbines can be incorporated into transportation, enabling energy independent vehicles. Lets do that.
I blog my kite power adventures on windswept-and-interesting blog where I post progress on kite turbine powered transport, including e-camping, kite kayaking, e-bike cycling, e-car driving.
The kite powered e-car challenge is already going on. It's a big scary amount of power to be working with. For this project, I'm going to concentrate on something safer and more accessible.
By adding a kite turbine, I'll have an energy independent e-bike and a useful power source. Something suitable for powering a camping adventure. E-bikes have all the electro-techno-gubbins we need, a motor for regen (Yes geared hub motors too) a controller, a battery and power distribution.