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Energy-Generating Kite Park Offers Extreme Green Parasailing

Posted By Cameron Scott On August 18, 2010 @ 7:40 pm In Landscape Architecture,Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 2 Comments

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Colombian landscape architecture studio Paisajes Emergentes [2] recently unveiled plans for an energy-generating kite farm [3] on a public beach in Abu Dhabi. Tethered to flexible posts, 200 para-kites would use the innovative Windbelt [4] generator to convert wind into enough electricity to power more than 600 homes. The high-flying design is an entry in the Land Art Generator Initiative [5], which combines land art projects with renewable energy generation.

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The eco-park [7] allows people to interact with energy production in several different ways, ranging from the predictable to the extreme. A homeowner can choose to buy the energy from a kite, and as a kind of thank-you gift he or she will also receive a live feed of the beach views from the para-kite sent to a monitor in the home — a living landscape painting, if you will.

On-site, a park visitor can also check out the view from above using a periscope-like device embedded in each tether post. Or, the adventurous sort can actually harness him-or-herself to the kite, parasailing while producing energy!

The 200 kites extend across a 60-meter grid of flexible posts that correspond to tide [8] levels. The posts constitute the only disturbance to the land, and marine life is left completely undisturbed. Each kite can produce roughly 6,200 kilowatt-hours a year — enough to power three energy-efficient homes [9].

+ Land Art Generator Initiative [5]

+ Paisajes Emergentes [2]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/kitepark-lead01.jpg

[2] Paisajes Emergentes: http://www.paisajesemergentes.com/

[3] kite farm: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/05/kite-power-delft-univerity-of-technology/

[4] Windbelt: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/08/windbelt-innovative-generator-to-bring-cheap-wind-power-to-third-world/

[5] Land Art Generator Initiative: http://www.landartgenerator.org/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/kitepark-ed03.jpg

[7] eco-park: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/31/german-water-park-makes-wastewater-recycling-fun/

[8] tide: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/18/australias-entire-power-grid-could-be-fueled-by-wave-power/

[9] energy-efficient homes: http://www.inhabitat.com/architecture/

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