Environmental Solutions Get the Google Bump
Energy from high-altitude winds just got a big boost from Google. In our Winter 2013 issue, Eric Wagner covered the wind power innovators at Makani Power, describing the company’s “enormous, tricked-out kite” that harnesses stronger gales high above the ground (“High-Altitude Wind Power”). Google announced its purchase of Makani Power in May, just days after Makani had completed a successful test flight of its fully autonomous 30 kW kite power system. Watch a video of the flight at www.makanipower.com/2013/05/fully-auto/.
Google recently funded another technology covered in Conservation’s pages. Last December, as part of its Global Impact Award program, the company donated US$5 million to World Wildlife Fund to develop remote aerial survey systems (see “Conservation Drones” in our Summer 2012 issue) along with wildlife-tagging technology, specialized sensors, and analytical software. WWF will use these technologies to crack down on poaching of endangered species in Africa and Asia.
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