Our Technology

Windlift’s mission is to produce energy for a sustainable civilization. Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. It is an issue that directly threatens the very fabric of human society and the existence of millions of species. Windlift rises to the challenge of mitigating climate change by developing a renewable energy technology that could become the world’s lowest-cost energy source. We’re engineering the Airborne Power Generator (APG) to create sustainable, reliable and highly mobile energy. Windlift APG is an Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) solution. It is an autonomous aerial vehicle, or airframe, that generates electricity from onboard turbines. An APG harnesses the same wind power as a traditional turbine, but with only 5% of the materials! This next-generation technology harnesses stronger, more persistent winds with a significant material reduction to deliver resilient, energy-dense and highly mobile power.

The wind propels the aircraft at high speed, providing airflow to onboard turbines and generators. Electricity from these generators then flows down the conductive tether to a ground station for storage and distribution. The Windlift APG is a turbine stripped back to its power-generating essence, replacing weighty components like the base and a tower with a conductive tether. Drastically lowering these material inputs reduces capital and maintenance costs and opens up site placement, amongst other benefits. This system design enables particularly mobile deployment to places conventional wind turbines cannot reach. Our system delivers power no matter how remote or diverse — mountains, offshore wind farms, off-the-grid agriculture, you name it. Windlift delivers power when and where it’s needed most. In addition to providing reliable power, our APG is also designed to provide sustainable power for a multitude of exciting sensing and communication capabilities, such as LiDar/Radar, 4G/5G, and edge computing.

APG Technical Graphic

Our Technology

Windlift’s mission is to produce energy for a sustainable civilization. Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. It is an issue that directly threatens the very fabric of human society and the existence of millions of species. Windlift rises to the challenge of mitigating climate change by developing a renewable energy technology that could become the world’s lowest-cost energy source.

We’re engineering the Airborne Power Generator (APG) to create sustainable, reliable and highly mobile energy. Windlift APG is an Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) solution. It is an autonomous aerial vehicle, or airframe, that generates electricity from onboard turbines. An APG harnesses the same wind power as a traditional turbine, but with only 5% of the materials! This next-generation technology harnesses stronger, more persistent winds with a significant material reduction to deliver resilient, energy-dense and highly mobile power.

The wind propels the aircraft at high speed, providing airflow to onboard turbines and generators. Electricity from these generators then flows down the conductive tether to a ground station for storage and distribution. The Windlift APG is a turbine stripped back to its power-generating essence, replacing weighty components like the base and a tower with a conductive tether.

Drastically lowering these material inputs reduces capital and maintenance costs and opens up site placement, amongst other benefits. This system design enables particularly mobile deployment to places conventional wind turbines cannot reach. Our system delivers power no matter how remote or diverse — mountains, offshore wind farms, off-the-grid agriculture, you name it. Windlift delivers power when and where it’s needed most.

In addition to providing reliable power, our APG is also designed to provide sustainable power for a multitude of exciting sensing and communication capabilities, such as LiDar/Radar, 4G/5G, and edge computing.

Our Progress Over the Years

From Simulation to Reality

Progress

From Simulation to Reality

What Sets Windlift Apart

Windlift is currently designing an APG for the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon completion of this project, the APG will be adapted for other use cases. The sky’s the limit. Whether flying above farmers’ fields or natural-disaster first responders, the Windlift APG delivers reliable and agile power when and where it’s needed most. There are many elements that set our APG apart from conventional renewable energy technologies. Below is a snapshot of our system’s advantages.

Mobile Power

Agile, Autonomous Power

Energy-dense power, lightweight, transportable & 30-minute deploy time

Situational Awareness

C5-ISR Capabilities

C45SR capabilities such as radar, cameras, signature management, amongst others

Communications

Elevated Communications

4G/5G mesh network, conformal antenna, edge computing

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