Close Login
Register here
Forgot password
Forgot password
or
or

Close
Close Inspiration on environmental sustainability, every month.

Currently 5,988 people are getting new inspiration every month from our global sustainability exchange. Do you want to stay informed? Fill in your e-mail address below:

Close Receive monthly UPDATES ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR MAILBOX EVERY MONTH.

Want to be kept in the loop? We will provide monthly overview of what is happening in our community along with new exciting ways on how you can contribute.

Close Reset password
your profile is 33% complete:
33%
Update profile Close

Energy energy Wind

Kite wind Power project in the Netherlands gets global attention

Share this post
by: Hans van der Broek
kite wind power project in the netherlands gets global attention

Kites generate wind energy at the Iconic Afsluitdijk’ (Netherlands), Studio Roosegaarde

These pilots have been developed together with the company ‘Kite Power’. A kite pulls a winch through the strong wind on the dike and is designed to fly in eight while removing itself from the winch. The pulling motion that this produces drives a dynamo and the installation generates power. Once the kite has reached the end of the rope, the device slowly pulls it inside. That costs energy, but in principle it uses much less than the roll-out. This is partly because the kite folds itself up and therefore catches less wind, which makes it easier to get in. Designing such a special kite, which sucks up in height, and collapses itself at the end, was not easy.

Kites with luninous lines in a dark blue sky

The idea originated at TU Delft. A few years ago researchers built a first prototype with a capacity of 20 kW. Now a number of kites are flying on the Afsluitdijk, each with a maximum capacity of 100 kW. The project is the realization of a dream by inventor Dr Wubbo Ockels, who foresaw a future with energy-generating pilots. That future is now temporarily visible on the Afsluitdijk.
Grapphic. Kite sail tracks in the sky

Luminous lines

The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate gave a special permit for the project. 'We have looked closely at the location of the pilots so that they do not cause a nuisance', a Rijkswaterstaat spokesman said. "We ensure that there is always enough distance to the road (A7) and have tested it." The length of the kite rope and the size of the pilots are such that they cannot get on the national road. In addition, there is always crew present at the moment a pilot is in the air, to intervene if the situation demands it. 'Shipping is informed by means of a BAS (message to shipping)  about the luminous lines in the air.'

Kite Power ground installation TU Delft

Poetical installation

The kite project, called 'Windvogel', is part of 'Icon Afsluitdijk', which mainly revolves around lighting. Light-emitting algae enter the casemates and sluice buildings are rendered retro-reflective: they only send light that falls on them in exactly the same direction. With their specially designed, luminous lines, the kites are 'a poetic night installation of dancing lines', says Roosegaarde in his description of ‘Windvogel’.
Kite Power already won the Defence Award last year for the idea behind ‘Windvogel’. The armed forces see the pilot as a good alternative energy source for camps and bases.



'Windvogel'project by Daan Roosegarde

Photo: Studio Roosegaarde

Update: maxon engine for 'kitepower'

Messange
You
Share this post
profilepic
World traveler, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Has countless ideas and set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. Has an opinion about everything and unlimited thoughts about a better world. He likes hiking and climbed numerous 5.000 m.
profileimage
World traveler, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Has countless ideas and set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. Has an opinion about everything and unlimited thoughts about a better world. He likes hiking and climbed numerous 5.000 m.
Get updates on environmental sustainability in your mailbox every month.

Kite wind Power project in the Netherlands gets global attention

Kites generate wind energy at the Iconic Afsluitdijk’ (Netherlands), Studio Roosegaarde These pilots have been developed together with the company ‘Kite Power’. A kite pulls a winch through the strong wind on the dike and is designed to fly in eight while removing itself from the winch. The pulling motion that this produces drives a dynamo and the installation generates power. Once the kite has reached the end of the rope, the device slowly pulls it inside. That costs energy, but in principle it uses much less than the roll-out. This is partly because the kite folds itself up and therefore catches less wind, which makes it easier to get in. Designing such a special kite, which sucks up in height, and collapses itself at the end, was not easy. The idea originated at TU Delft. A few years ago researchers built a first prototype with a capacity of 20 kW. Now a number of kites are flying on the Afsluitdijk, each with a maximum capacity of 100 kW. The project is the realization of a dream by inventor Dr Wubbo Ockels, who foresaw a future with energy-generating pilots. That future is now temporarily visible on the Afsluitdijk. Luminous lines The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate gave a special permit for the project. 'We have looked closely at the location of the pilots so that they do not cause a nuisance', a Rijkswaterstaat spokesman said. "We ensure that there is always enough distance to the road (A7) and have tested it." The length of the kite rope and the size of the pilots are such that they cannot get on the national road. In addition, there is always crew present at the moment a pilot is in the air, to intervene if the situation demands it. 'Shipping is informed by means of a BAS (message to shipping)  about the luminous lines in the air.' Kite Power ground installation TU Delft Poetical installation The kite project, called 'Windvogel', is part of 'Icon Afsluitdijk', which mainly revolves around lighting. Light-emitting algae enter the casemates and sluice buildings are rendered retro-reflective: they only send light that falls on them in exactly the same direction. With their specially designed, luminous lines, the kites are 'a poetic night installation of dancing lines', says Roosegaarde in his description of ‘Windvogel’. Kite Power already won the Defence Award last year for the idea behind ‘Windvogel’. The armed forces see the pilot as a good alternative energy source for camps and bases. {youtube} 'Windvogel'project by Daan Roosegarde Photo: Studio Roosegaarde Update:  maxon engine for 'kitepower'