Makani is one of the wind-power companies that have been working on using tethered UAVs as electricity-producing kites. They've had lots of challenges and it's still not clear whether utilities will embrace this model, but it is a very cool use of aerial robotic technology. 

(via Tim O'Reilly)

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Comment by Joshua Ott on November 19, 2012 at 5:50pm

That would definitely be a horrible job for a human pilot.

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