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Published on April 23rd, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

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Airborne Wind Turbine Video from Altaeros Energies — Seeing Is Believing

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April 23rd, 2012 by
 
 

Airborne wind turbine

Tina Casey previously reported on a helium-based airborne wind turbine from Altaeros Energies capable of delivering electricity from elevations ranging from 350 feet to 1000 feet. The image used for her post was a donut, reflecting the shape of the device.

Now Altaeros Energies has released a YouTube video, featuring explanatory notes on how the system works and how electricity is distributed.

Not so sure how the system — which could easily have been used for a scene in the movie Blade Runner — works with air traffic controllers. However, the technology is impressive and is said to deliver far more juice from its elevated altitudes. Check out the new video:

Source & Photo: Altaeros Energies

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is a writer, producer, and director. Meyers is editor and site director of Green Building Elements, a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.



  • http://www.facebook.com/people/김민우/100001353825211 김민우

    It’s a brilliant idea! They can control altitudes anytime to looking for the strong winds. As you see, they have to reduce the vibration to install Flying Wind Turbines made with massive balloon in the air. Because, it makes many kinds of problems! Air and water Science are based on the same physics theory. It’s Hydromechanics. The vibration’s caused by wind and external forces. New Floating Body Stabilizer for Floating Wind Turbines has been created in South Korea. They need this Idea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when Floating Wind Turbines are being rolled and pitched on the water. Recently, this Floating Body Stabilizer’s using to reduce the Vibration of Floating Solar Panels in South Korea. You can see New Floating Body Stabilizer videos in YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moO–q5B92k, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA_xFp5ktbU&feature=youtu.be. Flying Wind Turbines have to solve the vibration problems! Anyways, very interesting. Thanks.

  • Iamanisthmus

    We’re almost out of helium. Thats a shame, but maybe other creative solutions could be figured out. I wonder if it would be possible to use some of the electricity to heat the air in the donuts like a hot air balloon without loosing the gain in efficiency from the altitude. Hydrogen could work but there’s a stigma against it, what with the explosiveness of it and all. Hmm, it’s hard to imagine that we’re really running out of helium. That really puts the concept of finite resources into perspective. Hydrocarbons are finite but can be synthesized even though they ought not to be. Running out of oil is one thing, but helium is an element, super abundant in the universe, the second cycle in a stars fusion engine, but once we release what has been trapped beneath the surface of the earth and it floats to the top of our atmosphere, that’s really it for the history of helium on earth. There’s only one way to make helium and that’s fusion. I’m sure one day we’ll get the hang of it, but we might have to make due without helium for a bit and learn to humble ourselves at the parameters under which the universe operates. One day humanity will have the power of the gods but we’re just coming out of adolescence as of late. We spent our inheritance, trashed our home, disavowed our fellow man, and now face the choice to mature into an age of peace and reason, or take much of the world down with a final reckless abandonment of what it is that makes us human, compassion and intelligence.

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Wow, wonderful analogy and beautiful lines!

      “One day humanity will have the power of the gods but we’re just coming out of adolescence as of late. We spent our inheritance, trashed our home, disavowed our fellow man, and now face the choice to mature into an age of peace and reason, or take much of the world down with a final reckless abandonment of what it is that makes us human, compassion and intelligence.” :D

      (& hoping for the former, of course. :D)

    • Glenn R Meyers

      Thanks for the well-thought words.

  • Matt

    What is going to hold this and all the kite approachs out of the main stream is the line running to the ground. You have to get a area declare off limits to planes, and keep all the personal aircafts out.

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      yeah, seems like that would be pretty straightforward. sure people won’t be putting these up without oversight.

      • RobS

        I can just picture an aircraft straying into a field of them by mistake, would be like a red bull air race at altitude with much higher stakes.

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