Saul Griffith on kites as the future of renewable energy

www.ted.com In this brief talk, Saul Griffith unveils the invention his new company Makani Power has been working on giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Watch the Top 10 TEDTalks on TED.com, at www.ted.com


Saul Griffith on kites as the future of renewable energy


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25 Responses to Saul Griffith on kites as the future of renewable energy

  1. ienviro

    @Antithropocentric I hear you,
    Yet birds are used to avoiding one another and other birds all the time, so just color the cord bright orange and attach little cardboard birdies(images of Hawks) to strings ….I agree not applicable in all regions of the world….yet I can see this hugely practicle in the Hamiliya regions Norther Pakistan-India-Bhutan-Nepal and much they have the high and continious wind and seems much cheaper and ecoFriendly methods than Solar Paneling :) :)

  2. Antithropocentric

    Why do these gung-ho wind engineers only talk about the upsides of their physically intrusive devices? They come off like androids who want to Star Trek the entire planet and eliminate the remaining vestiges of natural scenery.

    Wind power is anything but “clean” if one considers natural, unfettered, bird-safe environments to be worth saving from blight and noise. This kite concept seems to grab even more airspace than 400-foot tower mills. I can already see birds getting snagged on the lines.

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  10. RamanNoodles7

    This reminds me of the Bill Gates lectures and Larry Ellison presentations sans Power Point. Power to the Kites. Renewable will bury the oil developers and bring more peace than any summits and peace treaties could ever achieve. Imagine Ahmadinejad waking up one day in ten years and finding out his oil production is down by half. He asks why and his soon to be decapitated Revolutionary Guard tells him engineers have been quietly working to develop renewable energy alternatives. Go Boiler Makers!

  11. Rickdeckard2020

    Very interesting

    What happens when the wind is too strong? Are there mechanisms to prevent the kite from being thorn or damaged?

  12. Aaron2071

    @OrganicInterfaces Well, with modern techniques it is now incredibly safe to produce, we can create barely any waste as a side effect, but that waste still exists nonetheless. However, it seems there are many studies being made to see about accelerating the disintegration of nuclear waste and eliminating it. :D

  13. awesomeSkins

    @sceptic33 Your right, the atmosphere does behave rather like liquid, and perhaps if this works in the air, it would work in the water too.

  14. mangoswiss

    Thats a fascinating idea. I was wondering that also. Especially if they were to be anchored to a seabed and far enough away from the shore. Presumably water currents would provide even more force with a hydrofoil arrangement.

  15. mangoswiss

    I wonder if it’s possibe to stack them? Three 747 wings on a winch. That would be a lot of torque on that winch.

    Regarding how it works… I assume that the winch acts as a generator. The kite is then tacked out of the wind allowing it to be winched back in with minimal effort and then tacked back in again to pull the winch back out.

    Whether it’s feasible or not – It’s still a fascinating concept.

  16. mummyfunk

    kites rule

  17. in4theride75

    You shouldn’t be uncomfortable with it though. There has been an enormous amount of improvement making nuclear plants more safe then any modern fossil fuel plant. Also, nuclear waste is really not a problem. Most of the radioactive material is already removed by the time it is classified as waste. It only needs a place to cool down, which is easy to find places for that. i.e. the deserts in Nevada where no one lives.

  18. OrganicInterfaces

    BTW Personally I’m a bit uncomfortable with nuclear energy … thought new technology have proved to be more efficient especially in the production of nuclear waste .. nuclear waste is still a problem … not a easy one to get read of. I realize people might disagree with me

  19. OrganicInterfaces

    yes we have to be conscious and it will take time but birds and fish are smart enough to learn about new hazard and change there patten and I think we ca afford more “no fly zone “. if we continue to shoot down any new ideas before is actually fully develop we will stock in a global paralysis and considering both the energy crises and the clime crises is a luxury we simply can not afford

  20. OrganicInterfaces

    After reading all the comet on this page I realize that probably the biggest problem here is that we all need to agree to change our current comfortable way of life and allow space for new solution to grow and fully develop.

  21. sceptic33

    i was wondering if a similar concept couldn’t be used for hydro power… using a big ‘bucket’ on the string to capture tide or river currents, and opening the bucket to reduce the drag as its heaved back in…

  22. sexyloser

    Yes. That is precisely how it works. The robot that flies the wing flies the wing back into position after angling the wing off-wind.

    It’s actually a very simple concept and they could have these wings stationed far from cities.

  23. ErichoTTA

    1:02 He took the words right out of my mouth.

  24. LUCIDity2009

    Nice premise… But, It would take up an awful lot of sky & land space to generate any real amount of energy. There’s would have to be so much distance between each kite to stop them from flying into each other.

  25. sceptic33

    dude, it’s WIND POWER… the wind lifts the kite up, the winch brings it down. it doesn’t need much energy to bring it down if u change the angle of the kite to reduce the lift generated by the WIND..

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