But can a technology be both viable and “further away from a complete product than they hoped for”?
In my opinion, most AWE projects are not necessarily run by competent people with both feet on the ground. You;re mostly looking at “fake-it-til-you-make-it” overly-optimistic-to-outright-dishonest promotion against a backdrop of complete insanity caused by “global warming derangement syndrome” rationalized by the idea of “the price is too high if the level-headed people are wrong”. But they never seem to consider maybe the price is too high to ignore the level-headed people if they are right. Well, you know the old saying, tell a lie enough times and people will believe it. Why would people believe a lie just because they heard it so many times? Yes, why do you? Someday a freezing populace will acknowledge the present period as the largest example of mass-hysteria / mass-insanity the world ever saw, meanwhile you can cash in on it with next-to-nothing. The world has always been full of people who thought they could conquer wind energy using some pet method that “sounds good”. I do not think Makani proved anything one way or the other. Don’t forget, from the viewpoint of established wind energy, such people are just “idiots, idiots, idiots”, so it is possible Makani is just the emperor with no clothes. Doesn’t disprove the concept of clothing. You could tell they were giving up years ago. Why were they never flying? Maybe cuz lying is easier than flying? Even Dave Santos did a pretty good job of debunking Makani and he falls into that previously mentioned camp himself, Doesn’t mean the concept or some similar concept is flawed, just that they went down that well-worn path of the press-release breakthroughs, group selfies, and building too big too fast.
I think these are valid points in view of the Google/Makani event.
What should be the requirement of a serious contender in the AWE industry? Are some AWE companies just clueless “posers”?
What I would like to discuss in this thread is what should be known upfront by an AWE company, and what may be expected to be discovered along the way. Are uninformed AWE companies hurting the AWE business as a whole by pursuing deadborn ideas?
(Not to state my opinion here in any sense, just figured this would be an interesting discussion apart from directly dealing with the Makani case)