May 23 2013, 9:55am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Makani is the maker of wind turbines that are attached to aircraft that have a link with the ground. Thereby the energy generated by the rushing wind is conveyed to generators on land. According to Businessweek
, Google had its eyes set on Makani and so a deal was chalked out. Today Google takes great pride in its new acquisition. It is like adopting a baby, Google will see to it that Makani prospers and matures into a full-fledged venture in its own right.
The whole deal was sealed on the basis of a proposal made by Astro Teller, the Director of Google X, which is the secretive laboratory at Google headquarters. They experiment and innovate at this lab. Inventions such as Google Glass wearable technology and the automatic self-driving car are just two examples among the huge number of patents that the Google X lab churns out from time to time. While the super-secret lab has a tendency to go for the offbeat and weird in matters of leading edge technology, it has its softer side and it looks to ordinary methods of helping the common man on the street manage his life more effectively.
The robot kites owned by Makani were a lucrative deal for Google X. Though it’s not known how much the acquisition cost Google, up until now the Big “G” has spent some $15 million on the wind generating company. It was just a matter of time before Google bought Makani. The spokespersons at Makani said that their goal was to make wind energy on a par with energy generated from oil, coal and gas which were already showing signs of dwindling since they were non-renewable resources. Makani is a very innovative company that has long since abandoned the tower turbines in favor of aircraft (or kite) turbines. This method is far more efficient and the yield is greater as well.
Furthermore, if the weather proved to be inclement the flying robots could be brought back to the ground, a move that is impossible in the case of tower turbines. Makani is busy making ever new versions of its wind generating airplanes. The two companies have had a satisfying bond between them and this pact will further deepen the link they share as hard-core creative enterprises.
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