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Epilogic's "Mechanical Diode" for Kite Farm Arrays

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  • dave santos
    A mechanical diode is a one-way drive like a sprag, clutch, or ratchet. Used with a spring return, or opposed, they can be well-suited to convert kite tug
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 21, 2012
      A "mechanical diode" is a one-way drive like a sprag, clutch, or ratchet. Used with a spring return, or opposed, they can be well-suited to convert kite tug cycles into rotary power. Such an AWES can be a single tiny unit, but the potential exists for large arrays of semi-chaotic kite elements to collectively drive common shafting well into gigawatt scale. 


      Progress continues in mechanical drives. This one-way drive innovation comes from from auto racing; Epilogic's Mechanical Diode (TM)-

      http://www.epilogics.com/md/index.htm%c2%a0


      Check out the entire site for excellent background information.

      The AWES idea here is that reciprocating and geared power can win the race if its shown to be far cheaper and more practical than any direct-rotary design (like most cars). 
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