25 May '14, 10am

#windturbine captures stronger winds for more #clean power #green

#windturbine captures stronger winds for more #clean power #green

A new, floating wind turbine design could bring clean, renewable power to off-grid areas. Alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ben Glass and Adam Rein, have launched a start-up called Altaeros which will develop the world’s first commercial airborne wind turbine. Their Buoyant Air Turbine, or B.A.T., uses a helium-filled shell - made of the same fabric used in blimps and sails - to hover around 1,000 to 2,000 feet above ground to capture the stronger, steadier winds available at that altitude. The B.A.T. can produce double the energy of similarly sized tower-mounted turbines. This is because, at the altitude that the B.A.T. hovers, the winds blow five to eight times stronger than winds at tower level (roughly 100 to 300 feet). According to Mr. Rein, the B.A.T. is not designed to replace conventional tower-mounted turbines but, it will be able to bring wind ...

Full article: http://www.ecoseed.org/technology/17563-floating-wind-tur...

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