Makani is working to accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy by developing energy kites, a new type of wind turbine that uses lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software to generate more energy with less materials—all at lower cost.
Clean energy is more commercially available than ever, but only 5% of the world’s power comes from the wind. While wind turbines have reduced wind energy costs, they don’t make economic sense in many places. We need new technologies to make wind power cheaper, more efficient, and more accessible to all.
Makani is creating an energy kite that will generate 50% more energy by accessing stronger winds at higher altitudes, while eliminating 90% of the materials used in conventional wind turbines.
Makani’s energy kite is made possible by recent technological innovations. Computers have become smaller and more powerful, while carbon fiber has become stronger, lighter and cheaper. These breakthroughs replace tons of steel and concrete with lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software.