Epilogic's "Mechanical Diode" for Kite Farm Arrays
- 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)-
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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).