Joby Energy System

December 19, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The multi-wing structure supports an array of turbines. The turbines connect to motor-generators which produce thrust during takeoff and generate power during crosswind flight. Orientation in flight is maintained by an advanced computer system that drives aerodynamic surfaces on the wings and differentially controls rotor speeds. A reinforced composite tether transmits electricity and moors the system to the ground. The tether that moors the turbine to the ground has electrical conductors inside, which transmit generated electricity from the vehicle to substations.

Image Credit: Joby Energy

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