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Kite-Power Project

I’m part of a team designing a prototype to generate electrical power using a kite and the effects of the polar jet stream.  I’m building the generator portion while others are designing the wing.  My first design used a lever arm to turn the motor.  (Since then, I’ve realized that this design had some huge inefficiencies that could be overcome with another design)  We have $0 in start up funds.  So, I found a free electric lawn mower on craigslist, attached a ratcheting wrench to the motor’s axle, duct taped some PVC pipe on to the ratchet to form a lever arm, and inserted my ballasted tether into the pipe.

4µW.  Watch.

Wind turbines are noisy!

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