Makani will bring low cost floating wind power to the Mediterranean. Makani’s low cost results from the low mass per megawatt of Makani’s system which in turn results in a reduced CAPEX requirement. Makani’s lightweight system enables low-cost widespread deployment. Conventional floating offshore wind systems require large deep water ports for staging and deployment as well as the use of specialized, floating cranes which are in limited supply globally. Makani’s energy kite system has no such port requirements and can be deployed using commonly available vessels.
The project will have economic benefits in the region in which it will be developed and installed. Specifically, Makani will create economic activity in project development, manufacturing and assembly, offshore installation and operations, as well as maintenance of the systems once installed. As Makani’s system is commercialized, this region may become a global hub for worldwide kite deployments.