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The Scottish inventor ‘drilling the sky' for energy

The Scottish inventor ‘drilling the sky' for energy

Engineer Rod Read has spent the past decade building homemade spinning kite turbines that can generate clean electricity.

Could portable spinning kites offer a greener solution to generating electricity?

Inventor Rod Read has spent more than a decade pioneering “turbine kite” technology on Scotland’s islands.

Gusts of wind rotate lightweight kite blades connected to a ground generator - offering a cheap and portable alternative to traditional static turbines.

Rod builds the “mesmerising” devices by hand using lightweight fabrics. In testing he's been able to charge his electric van with the system.


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