EPIC Energy Seminar: Airborne Wind Energy

November 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

During the Fall and Spring semesters, EPIC presents the Energy Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that is related to energy. Seminars are FREE and are open to students, faculty, and the public. Pizza is included so please register to attend.


Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) is the use of aerostats, planes and kites to capture wind energy without the expense of tower construction. When compared to traditional wind turbines, AWE can capitalize on more optimal aerodynamics and higher altitudes to produce energy at a fraction of the cost. Designs can differ, but AWE devices generally include a drone or airborne rotor tethered to the ground, thereby sending power captured at altitude to the ground where it can be used. Windlift is an engineering and computer programming company based out of Raleigh, NC developing such a system. This discussion will focus on the value proposition for Airborne Wind Energy, different designs and concepts, and Windlift’s vision for the future of AWE systems.

About the speaker

Rob Creighton, president and CEO of Windlift, had the idea for Windlift in 2004, while working in a biotechnology laboratory at UW-Madison. An inveterate tinker, Rob believed that recent advances in computer and materials technology would enable a new class of tethered aircraft to harness high altitude wind energy. Rob holds an MBA from UW-Madison.





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