SkySails – the Future of Wind Power?

When you think of renewable energy, you probably don’t think of paragliders.

But guess what? German company SkySails is out to change that. Yep, paragliders.

SkySails claims their clean energy platform is more efficient than traditional wind turbines. The kites, costing between $1.5 to $3 million USD a pop, can also be tethered onto commercial tankers thereby reducing their diesel fuel consumption.

In recent news, investment in renewable wind energy is stalling. While various start-ups are looking to capitalize on kite technology, it turns out that drawing power from such a highly variable energy source still has its trade-offs.

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