Kiting for energy | Max ter Horst | TEDxAmsterdam

Kiting for energy | Max ter Horst | TEDxAmsterdam


Translator: Zion Kim
Reviewer: Kelwalin Dhanasarnsombut This is our Home. This is Earth. A clock of earth flying through
to an infinite and hostile darkness. The darkness where there’s no life,
no oxygen, but plenty of radiation. Everyone you love and everything you value
is on the small fragile planet with a thin layer of air which protects us
from the dangers of the universe. It’s our responsibility
to take care of this planet. It’s the only home we’ve got. Yes we’re pumping the atmosphere
full with carbon dioxide As a result, the last six years
have been the sixth hottest in history. We’re trying to stop this
by using renewable energy but the uptake is far too slow
to avoid big climate accidents. And it’s mainly a money issue. Renewable energy is still too expensive
which makes dependent on subsidizies and therefore unpredictable politics
which deter investors. Sustainable energy
can only be truly sustainable if also financially sustainable. But something you grew up playing with
the kids can actually solve this issue. Because flying kites is the cheapest and
greenest way to produce electricity. So we are developing a kite power system
which can cause energy cost be half to make independent from subsidies and
this is how it works. (shows a video) You see a kite flying circles. This kite is connected with the cable
to a ground station or flying away the kite pulling the cable
causing a wheel to turn. This wheel then drives a generator
to produce electricity. So why are we so much cheaper? (show a slide) Well, wind turbines have a big tower
and rotor, only the fast moving tips of the rope to really contribute
to electricity production. Our kites mimics the rotor tipof the tower
and in a part of the rotor replaced by a cable. This saves tons of money. Another crucial advantage is that
our systems produce much more electricity since wind energy is harvested at higher
altitudes where stronger winds prevail. We’ll first introduce the 100 kg system
for farmers and rural communities who want to produce electricity
for own consumption. Since it’s a mobile system,
it can also be installed in the temporary sites or
in remote locations where wind turbines cannot be used. Once we’ve gained sufficient track record,
we’ll develop utility -scale systems which can produce electricity
at lower costs and coal plants. Our ambitions are huge. Within two years, we’ll introduce
our first commercial car power system and five years after, we’ll beat GO power
to make us independent from subsidies. By then, our kite power fleet
will avoid CO2 emissions of four hundred thousand households
and it still at the early stages of our graph. We can make a real contribution
to the fight against climate change with a very simple, elegant, and
effective solution but not without your help. We need funding, kite power sites,
and launching customers. So please help us make sustainable energy. Truly sustainable to stop global warming. (Applause)

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