High-Altitude Blimp Wind Turbine Will Harness Stronger Winds

| April 17, 2012

An eolian manliness company formed out of MIT has tried its high-altitude wind turbine that floats on top of in windy skies like a blimp. Altaeros Energies Airborne Wind Turbine measures 10m in broadness, and is filled up with helium. It was sent 100m up in the climate, where stronger winds are prevalent. This original pattern was also able to lift the Southwest Skystream turbine up into the region of clouds, where it was able to bear twice the power.

The aim is to hurl these airborne turbines 300m up into the firmament, where there are even stronger winds. Altaeros hopes to stipulate a feasible alternative to diesel generators once this technology is scaled up.

The AWT was invented through . Ben Glass, who is also Altaeros’ CEO. AWT provides a template allowing to easily gear the power of the winds, without too much cost and materials. The winds place in higher altitudes are more compatible and five times stronger than conventionally tower-mounted turbines. The lifting technology was adapted from aerostats, blimp-like structured developed to lifting heavy communications and radar equipment. Aerostats are made to withstand hurricane-level winds.

Currently, the assemblage is looking for partners to help commercialize their wind turbine. Co-sink Adam Rein stated that the biggest challenge was to create a wind turbine that could join the needs of all potential customers.

[via Wired UK]


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