Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J

Abstract

The goal of this project was to design and build a one-kilowatt scale system for generating power using a kite. Kite power has the potential to be more economical than using wind turbines because kites can fly higher than turbines can operate. In the developed system, a large windboarding kite pulls the end of a long rocking arm which turns a generator and creates electricity. This motion is repeated using a mechanism that changes the angle of attack of the kite during each cycle, thus varying its lift force and allowing a rocking motion of the arm. All sub-components of the system have been lab tested and field tested. The system has produced power under restricted conditions. A future application for this system will be in a developing nation without access to a power grid.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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