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Ugly_Bird



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:34 am    Post subject: Kite-car or windsurf-car? :-) Reply with quote

Last issue of Chemical & Engineering News had an article about a kite driven car. There is more info about the project here.

http://chrisescars.com/wind-explorer-car-crosses-australia-on-just-wind-power/

It made me recall this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z21on5Jsno

Laughing
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mat-ty



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.skysails.info/english/

Huge kites pulling cargo ships, now thats a good idea.
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windward1



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: Ship Kiters Reply with quote

Why wasn't that ship wearing giant boardshorts outside of its hull?
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Ugly_Bird



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: Ship Kiters Reply with quote

windward1 wrote:
Why wasn't that ship wearing giant boardshorts outside of its hull?


And the car too. Very Happy
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting post mat-ty. I can see that your involvement in kiting has had an impact on your interests. One wonders how complex the rigging system is for such a kite, to include the methods and techniques to control it efficiently. Although wind has powered ships for thousands of years, it's interesting to see how new ideas can still be developed and used to improve performance.
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keycocker



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not many folks remember that kites powered three wheeled carts before boards. This is still a sport in France.
There are electric auxiliary engines on some sailboats that charge from the sails. As the boat sails it turns the prop which turns the motor. Many types of electric motors will charge their batteries if you spin them in this way. I wonder if that car also charges while kiting with the same tech.
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