Traditional wind turbines produce intermittent electricity generation and thus are limited by their ability to provide more than 20% of energy demand. Traditional wind turbines have a significant negative impact on avifauna life and mental health effects. By life cycle assessment traditional wind turbines contribute significantly to GHG emissions through raw material extraction and transportation. With the increase in clean, renewable and sustainable energy demand in the near future, the environmental impacts of traditional wind turbines will be that much greater.
Canada has over 200 remote communities that still use diesel generation to meet their energy demand. As modern agriculture becomes electric, the demand for clean renewable and sustainable energy will increase exponentially. Indigenous communities across Canada have invested millions into renewables.
Our solution is a novel technology known as airborne wind energy system. Which are gliders or kite-like structures that are connected via a tether to a ground anchored spool which rotates a generator. These gliders can reach heights far higher than typical ground-based turbines. As these gliders fly in “Figure-8 like” paths, they pull the tether they are attached to. This tether is also connected to a spool in a ground-level substation. As the glider pulls the tether, the spool rotates generating electricity. Our AWES will deliver power up to 50kW guaranteeing a lower payback period than current wind turbines. We call our technology the Self-Maneuvering Airborne Reeling Turbine (SMART) glider.