Makani - Opportunity
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Makani is developing energy kites to be deployed in utility scale wind farms, both on and offshore.

Expanding the wind market
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Expanding the wind market

Energy kites can produce electricity in areas that are not cost effective for existing technologies.

A few examples include:

  • Deepwater offshore sites
  • Onshore sites with high wind shear
  • Mountainous regions
  • Islands
Initial Deployment: Deepwater Offshore
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Initial Deployment: Deepwater Offshore

Nearly 3 billion people live within 100 km of a coastline and two thirds of the world’s windy coastal zones are deep water. There is no solution currently available that can harness this deepwater wind resource at today’s electricity prices. Makani’s first commercial systems will unlock a new global market in deepwater offshore wind.

Solving the deep water challenge
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Solving the deep water challenge

Perched on a tubular steel spar buoy moored with just a single synthetic line and gravity anchor, the Makani energy kite system is 90% lighter than a conventional deepwater offshore system of a similar power rating. As a result, Makani’s commercial system will be dramatically lower cost than existing deepwater technologies and cost-competitive with other electricity generation sources, even without subsidies.

Advancing Global Adoption Of Renewable Energy
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Advancing Global Adoption Of Renewable Energy

By extending the reach of wind power to new places, Makani’s technology has the potential to significantly increase the percentage of electricity that comes from wind. Ultimately, we believe Makani’s system will be cost-competitive with existing technologies throughout all markets.

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