Makani Power

Makani Power
Makani Power
Type Private
Industry Wind Energy
Founded 2006
Key people Saul Griffith, Corwin Hardham, Don Montague
Employees 20+

Makani Power is an Alameda, California-based company that develops airborne wind turbines with the support of Google and the U.S. Department of Energy office of ARPA-E. According to some experts in the field, Makani is currently the world leader in the development of airborne wind power extraction systems.[1]

Makani was founded in 2006 as a key element of's Renewable Energy cheaper than Coal (RE<C) initiative.[2] In order to meet its goal of producing low-cost renewable energy, the Makani system uses tethered aircraft that fly a circular path similar to that of the tip of the blade of a conventional Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine, its most aerodynamically efficient part.[3]


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