Beaverton’s eWind Solutions says ‘Go fly a kite!’
BEAVERTON, Ore. — A Beaverton startup, eWind Solutions, wants farmers to go fly a kite to generate their electricity. The company is designing a kite the size of a bald eagle that will harness wind power to replace farm-based wind turbines.
The eWind Solutions kite’s string is wrapped around a drum or generator wheel on the ground which spins as the kite moves up and down in the wind and tugs on the string. The spinning of the wheel could generate electricity to power the entire farm, from irrigation pumps to light bulbs. The kite will be computer-controlled to to maintain the optimal altitude based on wind velocity.
eWind Solutions, which was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, expects to have a commercial grade prototype kite ready by next summer.
Image courtesy of eWind Solutions
Source: The Oregonian