Google’s Energy-Generating Kites

Googles secretive innovations lab Google[x] will launch an 84-foot power-generating kite next month in its quest for more efficient clean energy solutions. The test flight is the culmination of years of work on Project Makani, a program that Google hopes will replace outdated ground-based wind turbines with more advanced airborne ones. The kites take advantage of high-speed winds unreachable by standard turbines and, if successful, “would meaningfully speed up the global move to renewable energy.”