Are kite power systems dangerous for planes and helicopters?
The kite’s maximum flight altitude of 100m is well below the tip height of modern wind turbines and therefore less intrusive for regular air traffic. To further reduce risks for planes and helicopters, the kite power systems can be equipped with aviation lights.
Are kite power systems dangerous for people and property on the ground?
Safety is central to e-kite’s design philosophy. The kite power system has a dual tether set-up to allow control over the kite, even in case a cable snaps, which minimizes the probability of a crash. Furthermore, the kite will be equipped with a patented safety feature, eliminating the possibility of any high-speed gound impact.
To avoid anybody getting hurt by the cables or the ground station, a fence will be placed around the kite power system. Moreover, e-kite advises to deploy its systems in open fields and to avoid flying the kite over roads and railways.
What is the sound and visual impact of a kite power system?
The sound level of a kite power system is considerably less than a wind turbine’s, because the kite moves at a much lower speed than the rotor tips of a wind turbine. Moreover, e-kite’s system has a direct drive generator which eliminates the need for a noisy gearbox. The visual impact of a kite power system also is much lower than for a wind turbine due to the absence of a tower and rotor blades.
What is the impact of kite power systems on birds and bats?
Kite power systems constitute a much lower risk to birds and bats than wind turbines, because the kite is moving at a much lower speed than the rotor tips of a wind turbine.
What is the impact of kite power systems on cattle and horses?
Due to the regular, repetitive movement of the kite in the air, expected impact on the stress level of cattle and horses is low. To avoid animals getting hurt by the cables or the ground station, a fence will be placed around the kite power system. Furthermore the kite will not be flying below a 30m limit.