Rod Read with his groundbreaking "Daisy" Kite - a flying wind turbine.
A Lewis-based Kite Power enterprise is flying high after a planners approved its application for a first of its kind “Flying Wind Turbine” research and testing facility.
Businessman and engineer Rod Read who runs Windswept and Interesting Ltd has been granted permission for a single storey office, workshop and a designated kite flying zone on his croft in Aiginish, Point.
It will be the first designated facility of its type in the Scotland.
The application was approved with a number of conditions due to its proximity to Stornoway Airport. Kites must not exceed 30 metres in flying height and the airport must be alerted when testing is taking place.
Windswept and Interesting Ltd, set up on 2012, is a leader in the invention of adjustable or “scalable,” low-carbon, Airborne Wind Energy systems and one of only a handful of companies worldwide dedicated to this particular branch of kite science.
Mr Read has been working on a number of designs and, recently, his bespoke “Daisy” kite began catching attention at events in Europe and Asia, prompting the need to expand and create proper testing area.
“I have been working on this in the attic of my house until now,” said Mr Read. “This new space will be a huge step forward – its very exciting.”
Windswept and Interesting Ltd will become the first Kite Power testing facility in Scotland
Generating power through kites is a relatively new concept but one that is now gathering global interest as a realistic carbon-neutral power option for the future.
Mr Read is one of a handful of entrepreneurs world-wide who are exploring its potential as a contender for existing wind generated power systems.
The “Daisy” involves anchoring a tower, or raft ,of spinning kites to dynamos that generate power through tensile torsion transmission. These provide a stable and reliable system of constant power generation. Mr Read is also investigating using mobile kites as power sources for electric cars and outdoor events.
Mr Read said: “Networked kites are the safest, most reliable and most efficient Airborne Wind Energy Systems. They’re going to be big and the Isle of Lewis is a brilliant place for the to take flight!”
To find out more about Windswept and Interesting visit its website https://windswept-and-interesting.co.uk/