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Progress, 2013 edition

posted Sep 23, 2013, 6:33 PM by J Calvert

A couple of weekend afternoons at my friend Carl's shop, and I have a flywheel made of concrete cast into a wheel built around a sturmey archer 3-speed hub.

Photos in the album on the main page.

AWE Forum

posted Dec 14, 2011, 7:51 PM by J Calvert

Recently reacquainted with an AWE forum.  A bit out there, but impassioned, increasingly active, and indicative of a real increase in momentum.


Still, Still here

posted Dec 12, 2011, 11:06 PM by J Calvert   [ updated Dec 14, 2011, 7:47 PM ]

Lot's of design changes and simplifications.  Here's a series of images from over the last year plus, from mock-up to latest physical prototype.

Finished an Applet version of the D/R SA simulator.   Not certain it's correct, but it's at least plausible, and fun to play with! Checked out code should run as an applet in eclipse, or with some variant of run.sh.

Thanks to Dan for getting in touch, and motivating with awesome getting-it-done-ness, and Carl for use of shop.

Still Here

posted Apr 26, 2010, 7:09 PM by J Calvert   [ updated Nov 8, 2010, 7:16 PM ]

Not much development for KiteBot since the launch, but I've recently cleared my project plate a bit.

Others are making some great progress.  I've been watching WindLift for a while, and this post has some interesting information.  Of the dozens of projects out there, WindLift one looks to be maybe the closest to KiteBot in design and intention, particularly in starting relatively simple.  Unlike KiteBot, WindLift has made amazing progress recently, and secured some impressive funding.  I'd venture to reason that the investment interest, and taking on the challenge of automated operation go hand in hand.  This is to say, to be interested in this endeavor from an investment prospective necessitates addressing automated operation.  My hope is that an implementation can be realized with relatively trivial up front investment that will change the landscape of how kite energy is being considered.

But then, maybe I'm totally wrong....I haven't managed to model the D/R planetary, and this is still the biggest unknown.  At the same time, I do  have a gut feel that it, and the rest of the system, would work, and be build-able for cheap with no great feats of fabrication.  If this is true, it would, AFAICT, be unprecedented, at least for some definitions of "work", "cheap", and "great feat".

FAQ and Slides

posted Mar 8, 2010, 9:01 PM by J Calvert

I just added a FAQ section, and uploaded the slides I presented last Thursday to the Files & Misc. section.

Seattle Ignite 9

posted Mar 1, 2010, 11:25 PM by J Calvert   [ updated Mar 3, 2010, 11:01 PM ]

I'm presenting KiteBot at Seattle Ignite 9 this Thursday, which is probably old news since I'm launching this site the day before.

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