|Key people||Saul Griffith, Corwin Hardham, Don Montague|
Makani Power was an Alameda, California-based company that developed airborne wind turbines with the support of Google and the U.S. Department of Energy office of ARPA-E. According to some experts in the field, Makani is currently the world leader in the development of airborne wind power extraction systems. According to other analysts, the early selected method of high complexity has severe problems.
Makani was founded in 2006 by Saul Griffith, Don Montague, and Corwin Hardham. It received funding as part of Google.org's Renewable Energy cheaper than Coal (RE<C) initiative. In order to meet its goal of producing low-cost renewable energy, the Makani system uses autonomous tethered aircraft which fly in a circular path and generate power via wind turbines mounted upon the aircraft's main wing. The power is transmitted to the ground via an electrical cable within the tether.
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