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Congratulation to the winner of this year last Venture Kick final:Skypull

29/12/2017

Congratulations to the winners of this year last Venture Kick final: Skypull with its airborne wind energy system. We can't wait to see what the future holds for these two!

 

Skypull SA, issued by the ETH Zurich – Altitude wind energy system to boost wind power
In October 2017, a new record was broken. Nearly a quarter (24.6%) of the EU’s electricity was powered by wind, showing its incredible potential [2]. Skypull, founded by engineers and entrepreneurs, has developed a solution to boost the efficiency of wind power by harvesting the winds at above 200 meters in altitude, which may often be 3 to 4 times stronger than those at lower altitude where standard wind turbines operate:  an airborne wind energy system.
Controlled by an innovative software, the system is composed of a drone, a tether and a ground power generator. To capture high altitude winds, the drone, attached to the generator, takes off from the ground and climbs up to above 200m. It turns off its motor and starts gliding like a kite, continuing to climb as it unrolls the cable. Once it reaches its ceiling altitude, the drone descends and restarts its cycle. On the ground, the generator transforms the kinetic energy into electricity. Autonomous and versatile, the system can produce 95% more energy than an average wind turbine with half the cost and a considerable reduced size and weight. Skypull’s solution shall weigh about 90-95% less than a power-equivalent wind turbine, and further avoid their visual, noise and environmental impacts.
Skypull started its research in 2014 and developed its first prototype back in 2016. Their objective is  have the proof of concept finished by the end of 2017, and to use CHF 130,000 from Venture Kick to boost the realization of a commercially viable prototype by 2020: a 5,90m drone with 100kW nominal power for off and mini grid users. Nicola Mona, executive officer of Skypull, shared his thoughts on the program “Venture Kick is both a very challenging and very rewarding journey that makes you stronger and better equipped for the real world! The 11-month long journey from Stage 1 to Stage 3 has been a steep learning curve. Looking back today at where we started makes us realize on how much solidity, drive, credibility and confidence we acquired.”