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AWE chronicles the development of Airborne Wind Energy as a potential solution for Climate Change & the global Energy Crisis.
114 backers pledged $8,370 to help bring this project to life.

Thanks to you all, we made the goal!! New Stretch goal $9500

Posted by Chase Honaker (Creator)

Dear Backers and Friends,

With just over a day left, we made the goal. I am eternally grateful to all of you who kicked in and helped us cross the finish line. I'm finally going to sleep easy tonight...

NEW STRETCH GOAL - $9500

We want to make the best film possible and more funds will help us accomplish that. Please continue to share the project so we can reach this and pay the Kickstarter and Amazon fees on top of the original goal. We're coming up with new rewards for backers if we can reach the stretch. We'll update y'all tomorrow.

Thanks again for all your support. We really couldn't have done it without you.

Sincerely,

Chase Honaker

Help us get to 100 backers by Valentine’s Day! Plus new interview video

Posted by Chase Honaker (Creator)

Friends,

Less than 70 hours left in the project and we are at 80%. Please continue to spread the word and increase your pledge if you can!

We are grateful to Christina L. Archer for recording an interview for AWE.
Special Thanks to Patrice for traveling round trip by train from New
York City to the University of Delaware as Tropical Storm Nemo
descended on the North East...

Check out some highlights from the interview:

New Reward being offered for the duration of the campaign...
$25 gets you the Sweet MOTHRA T-shirt!
(you can upgrade to this reward if you've already pledged)

Thanks again for all your support. We're getting close but still need your help to cross the finish line and get this project off the ground!

Sincerely,

Chase Honaker

Today Only Exclusive Prints for pledges/increases! New video featuring Flip-Wings and Kite Motors. Only One Week Left, Please Read!

Posted by Chase Honaker (Creator)

Hello Backers and Friends,

Only one week left and we need all your help! Please continue to share and like the page and updates. We still have a long way to go and it's all or nothing. 

Backers: please check out the previous post for additional backer exclusive rewards for increased pledges! 

Also any new pledges or anyone who increases their pledge today (Wednesday February 6th) will receive this AWE Mothra1 print (originally signed by Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki! http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ea8a-tkkw/toki.html)

We've just put together a new video showcasing Kite Lab's prototype flip-wing and Kite Motor. The Kite Motor was built using mostly recycled bicycle parts, It's pretty spectacular!

How Does the Flip-Wing Work?

A Flip-Wing is used to extract energy from the wind, much like a
turbine. But while a turbine spins continuously in one direction, the
Flip-Wing sweeps back and forth.

The Flip-Wing is designed to passively self oscillate in the wind.
Early testing indicates that as they scale up, they fly better and
more powerfully! The back and forth motion jerks on a line. The kite
motor is actually a kind of transmission that turns the linear jerking
into the rotary motion needed to turn a generator.

The advantage over a turbine is that the flip wing (which is light
weight) can be flown high in the air while the heavy generator is left
on the ground. The power is transmitted to the ground via the rope.

Thanks for all your help! Let's get flying!

Sincerely,

Chase Honaker

Only 9 days left, we need your help! Also new backer only rewards!

Posted by Chase Honaker (Creator)
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Exciting Developments and New Video (How AWE generates energy)

Posted by Chase Honaker (Creator)

Dear Backers and Friends,

First of all, thank you all so much for your support so far. We couldn't do it without you!

A question that many people ask is "how is airborne wind energy actually generated?" While there are many diverse techniques, one of the most successful to date is the reel out, reel in method. 

One of the companies we have been working with is the Germany based SkySails. Since SkySails was founded in 2001, they have been developing automated kite systems to provide additional power to cargo ships, fishing vessels and large yachts. These kites have the potential to cut the boats fuel consumption in half and reduce the use of fossil fuels. Over the last few years they have used the same architecture to generate electricity. Here's a short video I created explaining the basics of this method: 

Another exciting development is that University of Delaware professor Cristina L. Archer has agreed to be featured in the film. She has been involved in wind energy for over ten years and has written many highly regarded publications on high altitude airborne wind. Here's her bio: http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/people/profile.aspx?carcher

We reached fifty backers yesterday but we still have a long way to go so please continue to share this project. Stay tuned to our next update for special backer rewards to anyone who increases their pledge amount.

Have a great week,

Chase Honaker