Video: Saul Griffith Dishes On WattzOn, Makani Power

Saul Griffith, the president and chief scientist of Makani Power and founder of WattzOn, gave a fantastic presentation at our Green:Net conference. We also sat down with him at the show to chat more about his projects: What has he learned from WattzOn users through managing energy consumption online? The typical average user under-reports their footprint (a problem with all carbon calculators). Makani Power, the Google-backed high-altitude wind startup, is still more than a year away from deploying its kites commercially, but Griffith says initial data has found that the kites can hit a capacity factor (a measure of how reliable it is) of 60 percent — that’s about double the reliability of traditional wind turbines.