With the world attempting to turn toward more renewable sources of electricity, a Dutch company believes a fleet of autonomous, tethered unmanned air vehicles could provide an alternative to costly wind turbines. The Hague-based Ampyx Power is just one of several companies exploring the potential of Airborne Wind-Energy Systems (AWES). Some are exploiting the natural crosswind movement of kites to drive a generator on the ground, while others, such as Makani—a U.S.-based developer now ...


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