Alameda Sun: Point Wind Power, June 18, 2015


Google subsidiary launches experiment at old Navy base

Local residents noticed Google’s Makani Power rolled out its latest project at Alameda Point last Thursday. The company hopes to harness wind power from the jet stream using "energy kites." Makani explains on its website that an energy kite is a new type of wind turbine that can access stronger and steadier winds at higher altitudes. This helps to generate more energy using less material.


Makani is part of Google X, the search engine giant’s experimental arm that embodies the company’s look toward the future. Makani’s energy kites are on a palette that includes Google X’s self-driving car, a network for speech recognition, a drone delivery project and eyewear that features a screen and camera.