Exclusive: Airborne Wind Energy Company Closes Shop, Opens Patents

This 7 days, a 13-yr experiment in harnessing wind electrical power using kites and modified gliders ultimately closes down for good. But the technological innovation driving it is open up-sourced and is becoming handed on to some others in the industry.

As of ten September, the airborne wind energy (AWE) firm Makani Technologies has officially announced its closure. A crucial trader, the vitality firm Shell, also released a statement to the press indicating that “given the recent economic environment” it would not be building any of Makani’s mental residence possibly. Meanwhile, Makani’s guardian firm, X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, has built a non-assertion pledge on Makani’s patent portfolio. That means anyone who needs to use Makani patents, styles, program, and analysis benefits can do so with no fear of lawful reprisal.

Makani’s story, recounted past yr on this internet site, is now the topic of a a hundred and ten-moment … Read More