Interest is growing around the use of Kite technology as a potentially more affordable alternative to wind turbines. As with other types of renewables, site and technology selection will be important alongside consenting and infrastructure requirements. That said, this potentially cheaper and more adaptive form of renewable technology could open up more opportunities for renewables developers and landowners.
Giant kites ‘make more power than wind turbines’ It is claimed two kites could produce enough energy to power 380 homes for an entire year First came giant turbines. Now kites — each about a quarter the size of a tennis court — could become a familiar sight above Scotland after scientists found they harness more energy than wind farms. A study by London South Bank University has backed the fledging technology, which involves tethering huge kites to a winch that drives a generator. Researchers found that at five test sites in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leuchars and Stornoway, the kites yielded more energy than wind turbines, prompting them to conclude that Scotland is the best location in the UK to exploit wind power. Their findings will be presented at a renewable energy conference later this month in Sydney, Australia.