The Next Generation of Wind Power

Altaeros Energies is announcing the first planned commercial demonstration of its BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) product in partnership with the Alaska Energy Authority. The Alaska project will deploy the BAT at a height of 1,000 feet above ground, a height that will break the world record for the highest wind turbine in the world. Altaeros has designed the BAT to generate consistent, low cost energy for the remote power and microgrid market, including remote and island communities; oil & gas, mining, agriculture, and telecommunication firms; disaster relief organizations; and military bases. The BAT uses a helium-filled, inflatable shell to lift to high altitudes where winds are stronger and more consistent than those reached by traditional tower-mounted turbines. High strength tethers hold the BAT steady and send electricity down to the ground. The lifting technology is adapted from aerostats, industrial cousins of blimps, which have lifted heavy communications equipment into the air for decades. To learn more.

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+10 1. LightAng3l commented 8 years ago

Looks vulnerable.
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+9 2. banzemanga commented 8 years ago

I believe that helium is not cheap.
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0 3. schlafanzyk commented 8 years ago

I like the idea, but... lightning strike = guaranteed power outage?

At least it's filled with helium instead of hydrogen :D
And still better than no electricity at all.
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+3 4. WildMonkey commented 8 years ago

How is having to refill it with helium few days, having a high risk of a bird popping it or a storm ripped apart or short circuiting it an improvement?
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+2 5. amjadj commented 8 years ago

Stick to cheap reliable towers.
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+3 6. Vaypay commented 8 years ago

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0 7. joeman commented 7 years ago

Amazing tech!