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Floating wind turbines could power the future

Posted on Sunday, 30 March, 2014 | Comment icon 28 comments

The turbines can provide power to remote areas. Image Credit: Altaeros Energies / YouTube
A remarkable new type of wind turbine that floats in the sky could soon become a common sight worldwide.
With an appearance that bears more than a passing resemblance to a UFO, the "Buoyant Airborne Turbine" by Altaeros Energies has the potential to revolutionize energy generation in a wide variety of circumstances.

The inflatable turbine is able to take advantage of stronger winds by floating up to 2000ft off the ground, delivering power back to the ground through thick cables.

Its mobility means that it can be deployed anywhere and on short notice, providing a possible solution in disaster zones, remote towns or where power is otherwise unavailable.

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Tags: Wind Turbine, Power, Energy

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Comment icon #19 Posted by toast on 31 March, 2014, 9:33
There are at least 3 key issues against using hydrogen as lifting gas: 1.) Costs. As hydrogen is flamable and there is a permanent electrostatic field arround the device due to airflow, the whole electrical/electronic setup like the generator and the onboard control units of the device must be designed explosion-resistant and explosion-resistant electrical/ electronic parts must be used. These kind of parts are more expensive that non explosion-resistant ones. In addition, the gas-proof factor of the lifting body must be higher than for helium, so additional costs will occur. 2.) Applicabili... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Calibeliever on 31 March, 2014, 17:36
It isn't really running out. Helium is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. We have a production problem hampered by archaic government policies. For large scale use I agree, but these could be ideal for a remote area's power needs. A community with only a few dozen buildings would not have to ship power over long distances and could maintain their own grid. I would image that these would need to be anchored from four corners. I don't think the design would allow for a single cable for stability reasons. You should be able to get them fairly close together. ... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by DieChecker on 1 April, 2014, 0:42
I thought the only real way to "make" or collect helium is by way of natural gas and oil processing. Because it gets trapped underground and can be processed out. I don't know of any way to process helium economically from our atmosphere. We can create helium in fusion processes, but that would be cost prohibitive. Agree. But that does not jive with their company claim that this is the next generation of wind turbines. At best it will be a small niche market. That would be a better way of anchoring them, but they would still be able to move around quite a bit, I think, and ... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by regeneratia on 1 April, 2014, 1:49
They did too. The used the word scalar. There was one that was a interesting application in testing. I just brought in the top links. How far did you go? How much do you really really want to know? Or did you just look enough merely to actually try discussion here? BTW, I don't respect the info on wikipedia.
Comment icon #23 Posted by regeneratia on 1 April, 2014, 2:07
It makes me wonder, if matrix-like learning is 30 years away, why we are still stuck into the old ways of generating energy? We have the technology to energize the planet without fossils, and wind. Why aren't we using them? What happened to THIS invention? Could be scalar, is magnetic.
Comment icon #24 Posted by DieChecker on 1 April, 2014, 3:20
From some brief google checking on Steve Mark and his TPU, I am inclinded to believe it is magnetic and that it draws the electricity by way of magnetic lines from overhead powerlines, or from the electrical lines inside the building. I lot of current can pass through a magnetic field. The technology doubtless disappeared after someone bought it (I read it was the UAE) and back engineered what was going on and found it novel, but not actually to be generating electricity.
Comment icon #25 Posted by regeneratia on 1 April, 2014, 4:02
It is magnetic. Are you done posting on this? It is off topic.
Comment icon #26 Posted by DieChecker on 1 April, 2014, 4:44
Sure. What do you think of the flying wind turbine?
Comment icon #27 Posted by toast on 1 April, 2014, 8:38
Depends on various parameters, here an example with values that may match with the turbine: Generator output : 100KW Kabel lenght: 650 meters Wire cross section: 16mm^2 Electric tension: 5000V Power loss = 0,6KW so no problem.

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