Patent Number: 6,254,034

Title: Tethered aircraft system for gathering energy from wind

Abstract: The tethered aircraft of the system is blown by wind to travel downwind at a controlled rate for maximal mechanical energy gathering from wind whose velocity fluxuates and gusts. A cycle of travel is completed when the aircraft is travelled upwind to the site of the beginning of downwind travel where downwind travel is recommenced. The downwind travelling aircraft pullingly unwinds its tether from an anchored windlass drum to spin the rotor of an interconnected electrical machine to convert the mechanical energy to electricity.

Inventors: Carpenter; Howard G. (Stockton, CA)


International Classification: B64C 31/06 (20060101); B64C 31/00 (20060101); F03D 11/04 (20060101); F03D 5/00 (20060101); F03D 11/00 (20060101); B64C 031/06 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018