Green energy is sought after more and more nowadays. Scientists are trying to come up with ingenious ways that protect the environment and harness energy in a harmless way. The balloon-mounted wind turbine from Altaeros energies is trying to distinguish itself by bringing both energy and Wi-Fi to rural eras and developing countries.
The wind turbine was designed for the BAT (buoyant airborne turbine) project. The engines of the turbines were developed in order to be able to use the prevailing winds that exist 1,000 feet above the earth. They can generate twice the output of a turbine based on the ground.
The wind turbine has a helium-inflated housing. This housing allows it to rise in the air at a maximum of 1.000 feet. This is much higher than anything other wind turbines has managed before. The BAT designs have been made in order to give inexpensive and low-cost power to remote areas.
The wind turbines will be used in areas that rely heavily on gas generators such as military sites, island communities and maybe even disaster relief sites. What’s more, the BAT could work as a hub for WiFi and cell service. It could even be a useful weather monitoring station.
The engines are very durable thanks to their helium-inflated housing. They can be deployed even in freezing snow or blazing sun. In theory, you simply have to install the BAT and you will receive data coverage, electricity and local weather data. It does not matter what kind of services you had or did not have before.
The BAT is an interesting wind turbine that could be used in developing countries or places where access is difficult. Its ability to harness energy, but also to act as a hub for WiFi and cell service, could make it an important discovery. Do you think we will see the BAT on the skies anytime soon?
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