(OilPrice) Google, through its Google X new technology investment division, has just invested in another energy start-up company, this time in Makani Power, a manufacturer of flying wind turbines.
Only a week ago Makani Power, based in California, conducted its first ever autonomous test flight of the Wing 7 prototype, a self-flying airborne turbine, and now it has released a statement on its website that Google, already an investor, will be buying the company.
Makani claims that its product will produce the same power output as a conventional wind turbine, but at half the cost, and using 90% fewer materials to build. The turbines fly around in giant loops on a kite-like device, and are able to take advantage of the stronger, more consistent winds that exist at high altitude.
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