Just had a video spoon-fed to me by youtube, called “The Laddermill Explained”
Rather than showing a laddermill, it instead shows a “yo-yo” kite-reeling rendering.
The video is dated 2010 - the time when the “laddermill” concept was being promoted, but it was easier to fly a kite than to build a laddermill, so they continued to use the name “laddermill”, but tried yo-yo kitereeling instead. I think they finally stopped calling it “laddermill” after some time went by.
I always thought the yo-you kitereeling looked questionable, but what weight does my opinion have in the company of so many highly-degreed engineers etc.?
So, since 2010, I’ve been hearing about the incredible amounts of power (such as “500 kW”) these yo-yo kitereeling systems were supposedly capable of. My take at that point was that, regardless of the efficiency, these people must be having better luck than I had theorized. But now, nine (9) years later, where is one yo-yo kite-reeling system in daily operation? We’ve certainly heard enough promises and press-releases. Now, rather than endless press-releases, we’re in an information drought. All we really know is that things are not panning out as promised. It would be great to have any real information to sink our collective teeth into, but I don’t know of any. Maybe someone associated with any of these projects will “leak” some information. But just saying that pretty much tells you all you need to know - not much happening with current AWE projects.
Remember “The Wizard of Oz” - whether its a piece of paper saying someone “has a brain”, or a little heart-shaped memento to wear over your chest, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”.