Go fly a kite
Dutch scientists fly kites to generate electricity.
A team of scientists from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have harnessed energy from the wind by doing what kids do best—flying kites. By flying a 10-sq. meter kite tethered to a generator, they are producing up to 10 kW of power.
The experiment generated enough electricity to power 10 family homes, and the researchers have plans to test a 50-kW version of their invention, called Laddermill, eventually building up to a proposed version with multiple kites that they claim could generate 100 mW, enough for 100,000 homes.
Read the full story in the Guardian .
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey