This might seem silly, but there are actual kite powered systems that produce more power than a conventional diesel hungry engines we use here in Maldives for the fraction of the cost.
Kites are the foundation of today’s sky dominating Airplanes, and now kites are becoming the next big thing in the energy industry with the potential to provide reliable clean energy in large-scale eliminating the heavy investment required for conventional clean energy production plants/stations (such as Wind Turbines or Hydro-Electric plants).
Kite power solutions are ideal for countries like Maldives, where populated areas (islands) are geographically distant and requires a power generation system of some sort stationed at every location.
Kite power systems are light and easily reachable for maintenance unlike wind turbines and work in almost all weather conditions including in hurricane wind and tsunami situations making it a no brainer for the country. However, kite power systems are fairly new and most are still under development.
In comparison to other renewable energy sources that could be employed in the Maldives such as off shore wind turbines and solar products, kite power powered systems eliminate the drawbacks of these systems. Off shore wind turbines are costly and non-reliable as it is immovable and operational costs are very high. Solar power products are far more non-reliable as the general climate of the Maldives is constantly changing and the solar cells itself are not as efficient compared to motor driven sources.
A UK based startup has developed this technology and aims to make it available worldwide soon. Here is the chance for the Maldives to grab on to this technology and have it in our backyard soon.
How it works;
Kite powered systems are operating with the use of 2 (two) kites that are tethered to a spool. The spooling lines of the kite move through the air and speed up to the 160 km/h in a figure of 8 motion. As a spool unwinds it powers an electric generator but also feeds a hydraulic accumulator that stores potential energy in the form of pressure that can be released to drive the generator to smooth out variances and kite speed which is an essential quality to make the kites energy output constant.
Two kites are used and allow one kite raise while other is lowering. With a small amount of energy being used to refuel the tether of the descending kite.
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Installing Kite Powered system at every island and having diesel engines for back-ups can greatly reduce electricity costs and benefit our society.