engine - 4:10 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Google has acquired a US company that generates power using turbines mounted on tethered kites or wings.
Makani Power will become part of Google X - the secretive research and development arm of the search giant.
The deal comes as Makani carries out the first fully autonomous flights of robot kites bearing its power-generating propellers.
Google has not said how much it paid to acquire Makani, but it has invested $15m (£9.9m) in the company before now.Google Acquires Kite Turbine Power Generator Company, Makani [bbc.co.uk]