Step 5: Fly it!

Get ready! Lay the kite on its back. Face it into the wind then pull on the dual lines of the kite. It will fly into the air. To control it, pull on the left string to tilt it left, and the right to tilt it right. All of this time, the turbines on the kite will be spinning and generating clean electricity!

In the future, you could use conductive wire instead of kite string to fly it. Instead of connecting the output of the motor to the battery, you will connect it to the wire which will lead to the ground. This way, you can generate electricity while flying the kite.

Have fun, and be safe! Thanks for viewing the instructable, and rate it if you like it!
<p>What if there was a power station that could caputre and store lightning?</p>
<p>I think this is a wonderful concept and wish you all the very best. Conceptually it is such a great reduction in materials cost through the use of information: The architecture knows the wind better than a stationary turbine does. The motion of the structure uses that knowledge to concentrate more wind energy by using the wind to traverse a greater sweep area and achieving greater apparent wind to harness, at a greater concentration level, thus minimizing, or eliminating the transmission, directional infrastructure in proportion to the greater energy concentration, and reduced magnetic coil surface and mass because of the greater velocity which concentrated wind can generate. Totally cool, bravo!</p>
<p>electro magnetic energy can cause the generation of plasma - lightning - and if your kite is struck that'll just fry your kite, and if your hooked into your fuse box it will destroy that, cause a fire, burn down your house.......yeah not safe.</p>
<p>Might it be possible to drain such charges to a different electrical potential? It seems that &quot;can't&quot; assumes that we have tried all other options, to reach such an absolute terminus. Of course it is impossible to try all options; so, lets wish this team well on their efforts, instead of conclude the absolute with incomplete consideration. We need solutions on such a scale, and with such cost reduction potential. My own efforts, on Pluvinergy, are often called impossible by people who have little to no knowledge of the concept, so I suppose I am taking it personally. </p>
<p>Great work there! Have you reconsidered any of this work in light of the newer lower cost 3D printing materials? Have you been following the Makani Power progress?</p>
<p>Very nice project. I just wonder how much it outputs.</p>
Amazing idea im definatly gonna try this but i agree with rickharris, you could get a massive electric shock. But still very cool project
actually u used a flexible solar cell it can be done
Don't fly a kite with a conductive line. it's an easy recipe for getting a serious electric shock. <br> <br>Nicely presented.
I'm building a kite generator too. I've been saying for a while I'm going to share it on instructables. Have a look at it <a href="http://sites.google.com/site/kitepowerresearch/home" rel="nofollow">https://sites.google.com/site/kitepowerresearch/home</a>
I'm gone way down the rabbit hole now on this... http://kitepowercoop.org <br>every 2nd thought is kite power at the moment
Saul came to my university and gave that same presentation. I'm glad to see there might be some competition forming against him.
Can't a photovoltaic cell be used in addition to the turbine?
that would only give any advantage if you were flying your kite above the clouds. PV is heavy and there would be no real advantage having it 40 meters up in the air.
It would be heavy.<br>
Great! It got the wheels turning in my head. Wish I had the room to try it.
This instructable reminds me of Benjamin Franklin
cool idea...
wouldnt it make more sense to use 2 steel insulated wire instead of strings (one positive and one negative) and keep the battery on the ground? That should reduce weight on the kite and result in less wasted energy.
Yup. I think I mentioned that in step 5.
Ahhhh the only step I didn't read. Hahaha sorry about that
Oh, I like this, but I have questions:<br><br>How much harder is the kite to control than usual? I'd imagine that the weight of the batteries and motors, not to mention the drag of the blades, would play merry wossisname with the balance and control - did it?<br><br>Does it need more wind than usual to get/stay airborne?<br><br>What is the actual output? How long does it take to charge your batteries (and what size were the batteries?)?<br><br>If you're going to work this into a portable generator (how cool would it be to go on a hiking holiday and use a kite to charge your iPod?) you're going to have to account for crossed and twisted lines, both in terms of shorts and metal fatigue. Insulation is going to dramatically increase the weight of the lines - I wonder how possible a woven spectra line with copper woven into the inner core would be?<br><br>
Yeah sure. It's a litter bit heavier. You have to get the balance of the weight correctly or it will fly erratically. The size of the propellers didn't seem to slow it down that much..<br><br>Anything that is heavier that it was designed to be will need more wind speed to get airborne, but it did not seem to be a problem. It will take like 12 mph instead of 10 mph to take off. <br><br>It is a 1.5 to 3 volt rated motor. When I first flew it, I stopped because I saw smoke coming from the motors when I did loops! Yeah! At that point, I realized regulation and the right wind speed is really really important. I am not sure how long it would take to charge, but after that experience I would say pretty quickly.<br><br>Wow! That's awesome! Could you use conductive thread from the Lilypad?
I don't know how conductive it is (would you lose too much energy conducting the electricity to the ground?), or even what length it comes in. <br> <br>It's worth looking at, though.
Extremely well written, detailed background! And I like the mix of working photos and drawings you used, to ensure that the important parts are as clear as possible for the reader.<br><br>Do you have sources (links) for the history which you could provide for readers interested in more information? I really appreciate that you wrote this up yourself (or at least did <b>not</b> copy it from an online source :-). Was this for a term project or something similar?<br><br>Do you have any data from flight tests? What sort of output do you get (voltage, current) as a function of wind speed or/and altitude? How unstable is the output over time (varying by minute, or just by hour)?
Thanks very much! Yeah, I wrote this all myself in addition to a 24 page paper on the topic for an international fair. I will update the instructable as time goes on, but thank you so much for the comment. I will have some more information and results data in time to come.
Very cool! You should mention that in the introduction :-) Is there any chance the paper is available on a public Web site somewhere? If so, I think a link to it would be excellent.<br><br>By the way, you don't need to do the &quot;endnote URL&quot; stuff. You can make active hyperlinks in your document by clicking on the &quot;globe with chains&quot; icon after highlighting the text you want to be the link. Then put the URL into the pop-up box and click OK.
Possibly thanks : ) <br><br>I will fix the URLs now...

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