Altaeros Energies is a relatively new company born out of MIT Labs. They’ve developed a wind turbine that is tethered to the ground, can go higher than the current large fan-like wind turbines you see all around us and it’s mobile. The BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) can go to 1,000 feet or higher and can be outfitted with wi-fi or cell equipment to aid in communications.
The BAT is made from high-performance fabrics and filled with helium. It includes sensors and gauges monitoring it’s performance. If it happens to get punctured the BAT is equipped to perform a controlled descent and land on its docking station. Because it is a mobile unit, the BAT can be a great product for disaster recovery and for areas that are unreachable by traditional energy methods. There are also possibilities for adding cell tower additions and wi-fi installation to extend ranges. This project also helps alleviate the NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) debate that has been raging for years with respect ot the current wind turbines. I also like this solution because the maintenance would be much easier to perform than the current popular choice for wind arrays.
Check out the BATs and let us know what you think. Do you know of innovative wind technologies being used? Let us know!