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1. US20180149137 - Integrated tether and mooring with floating platform for energy kite

Office
United States of America
Application Number 15365249
Application Date 30.11.2016
Publication Number 20180149137
Publication Date 31.05.2018
Grant Number 10557458
Grant Date 11.02.2020
Publication Kind B2
IPC
F03D 13/25
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
03MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS; WIND, SPRING, OR WEIGHT MOTORS; PRODUCING MECHANICAL POWER OR A REACTIVE PROPULSIVE THRUST, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
DWIND MOTORS
13Assembly, mounting or commissioning of wind motors; Arrangements specially adaptedĀ for transporting wind motor components
20Arrangements for mounting or supporting wind motors; Masts or towers for wind motors
25specially adapted for offshore installation
F03D 9/25
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
03MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS; WIND, SPRING, OR WEIGHT MOTORS; PRODUCING MECHANICAL POWER OR A REACTIVE PROPULSIVE THRUST, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
DWIND MOTORS
9Adaptations of wind motors for special use; Combinations of wind motors with apparatus driven thereby; Wind motors specially adapted for installation in particular locations
20Wind motors characterised by the driven apparatus
25the apparatus being an electrical generator
B63B 35/50
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING
35Vessels or similar floating structures specially adapted for specific purposes and not otherwise provided for
50Vessels or floating structures for aircraft
B64C 39/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
39Aircraft not otherwise provided for
02characterised by special use
B64F 3/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
FGROUND OR AIRCRAFT-CARRIER-DECK INSTALLATIONS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH AIRCRAFT; DESIGNING, MANUFACTURING, ASSEMBLING, CLEANING, MAINTAINING OR REPAIRING AIRCRAFT, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; HANDLING, TRANSPORTING, TESTING OR INSPECTING AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
3Ground installations specially adapted for captive aircraft
02with means for supplying electricity to aircraft during flight
CPC
B63B 35/50
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING 
35Vessels or similar floating structures specially adapted for specific purposes and not otherwise provided for
50Vessels or floating structures for aircraft
F03D 13/25
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
03MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS; WIND, SPRING, OR WEIGHT MOTORS; PRODUCING MECHANICAL POWER OR A REACTIVE PROPULSIVE THRUST, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
DWIND MOTORS
13Assembly, mounting or commissioning of wind motors; Arrangements specially adapted for transporting wind motor components
20Arrangements for mounting or supporting wind motors; Masts or towers for wind motors
25specially adapted for offshore installation
B64C 39/022
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
39Aircraft not otherwise provided for
02characterised by special use
022Tethered aircraft
B64F 3/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
FGROUND OR AIRCRAFT-CARRIER-DECK INSTALLATIONS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH AIRCRAFT; DESIGNING, MANUFACTURING, ASSEMBLING, CLEANING, MAINTAINING OR REPAIRING AIRCRAFT, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; HANDLING, TRANSPORTING, TESTING OR INSPECTING AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
3Ground installations specially adapted for captive aircraft
02with means for supplying electricity to aircraft during flight
F03D 9/255
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
03MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS; WIND, SPRING, OR WEIGHT MOTORS; PRODUCING MECHANICAL POWER OR A REACTIVE PROPULSIVE THRUST, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
DWIND MOTORS
9Adaptations of wind motors for special use; Combinations of wind motors with apparatus driven thereby; Wind motors specially adapted for installation in particular locations
20Wind motors characterised by the driven apparatus
25the apparatus being an electrical generator
255connected to an electrical general supply grid; Arrangements therefor
F05B 2240/923
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
05INDEXING SCHEMES RELATING TO ENGINES OR PUMPS IN VARIOUS SUBCLASSES OF CLASSES F01-F04
BINDEXING SCHEME RELATING TO WIND, SPRING, WEIGHT, INERTIA OR LIKE MOTORS, TO MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS COVERED BY SUBCLASSES F03B, F03D AND F03G
2240Components
90Mounting on supporting structures or systems
92on an airborne structure
923which is a vehicle
Applicants Makani Technologies LLC
Inventors Charles Nordstrom
Fort Felker
Agents McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
Title
(EN) Integrated tether and mooring with floating platform for energy kite
Abstract
(EN)

Offshore airborne wind turbine systems with an aerial vehicle connected to an undersea anchor via a tether are disclosed. A floating landing platform may be coupled to the tether and be dragged along the surface of the water along with the tether. The landing platform may be designed such that the tether can freely pass through the platform, allowing the aerial vehicle to ascend, descend, move laterally, and in crosswind flight, without creating a significant tension load on landing platform. The landing platform may also include a tether drive mechanism that can actively move the tether through the platform, thus changing the platform's location along the length of the tether.


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