See PolyOne’s Corp Technology in Action

We previously told you how PolyOne (NYSE:POL) was a vendor to Google’s Energy initiative by selling its tether technology to Makani, a company now owned by Google. Take a look at this video. This is technology is amazing.

 

WIND TURBINE ARCHITECTURE IS AT A PLATEAU
Conventional turbines have grown taller, heavier, and more expensive in order to generate more power. These large structures are expensive and complex to construct, and can only be installed economically where the winds routinely reach speeds of between 5-8 meters per second (20-28 kilometers per hour). Unfortunately, less than 15% of all land around the world meets this criteria, meaning this existing technology in its current form cannot scale.

The Solution
Energy Kites
Makani’s energy kite uses the same aerodynamic principles as a conventional wind turbine, but replaces tons of steel with lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software.
MORE WIND AT LOWER COST
By using a strong flexible tether, energy kites can reach higher altitudes (80-350 meters) and eliminate 90% of the materials of conventional wind turbines, resulting in lower costs. Because they are more aerodynamic and can access stronger winds, each individual energy kite can generate up to 50% more energy. Read more about Makani.

MORE POWER AT MORE WIND SPEEDS
Makani’s energy kites are more aerodynamically effective than conventional turbines, allowing them to produce more power at any given wind speed.
So what does this have to do with Polyone? POL is making the “Tether” for Makani. The Tether is a VERY IMPORTANT component for this system.
Here is how it works straight from Makani’s website
The Makani energy kite system consists of four parts:
The Kite
The energy kite simulates the tip of a wind turbine blade, the part of a turbine that makes most of the energy. Rotors on the kite act like propellers on a helicopter to launch it from the ground station. Once the kite is in flight, air moving across the rotors forces them to rotate, driving a generator to produce electricity, which then travels down the tether to the grid.
The Tether
The tether is made of conductive wires surrounding a high strength core. The tether connects the kite to the ground station and transfers power and communications between the kite and ground station in both directions.
The Ground Station
The ground station holds onto the tether and is used as a resting place for the energy kite when not in flight. The ground station occupies less ground space and is significantly smaller than conventional wind turbines.
The Computer System
The computer system uses GPS and other sensors along with thousands of real-time calculations to guide the kite to the flight path with the strongest and steadiest winds for maximum energy generation.

 

We think shares of PolyOne are being overlooked as a Technology play.  We have reported PolyOne being a vendor to Telsa.  PolyOne’s technology helped Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) shave weight in the battery storage rack which directly helped Tesla get more miles per charge.  It is a safe bet that PolyOne will be helping other companies do great things.