Floating Wind Turbine: A Futuristic Power Generator !
Yeah! you read it right. Altaeros Energies in partnership with Alaska Energy Authority has designed the first ever helium-filled ‘BAT’ (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) for generation of energy.
It’s simple to understand that there is higher velocity and indefinitely continuous of wind at higher altitudes, which benefits in many ways. This can cancel the expensive tower constructions, and also can be benefited in terms of mechanical areas and aerodynamics.The consistent and low cost energy generation was the main expectations while planning and designing of this next generation wind power.I am seeing Buoyant Airborne Turbine-BAT as the future of wind energy in rural areas and in circumstances of disaster management.
Altaeros has made efforts to improve the oldest power generation method and get more from the new coming BAT. BAT is inflatable helium-filled shell that is lifted up at high altitudes. The winds are much stronger and much more consistent than those by traditional tower-headed turbines. To achieve this stronger wind, solution is not to build higher towers but a inflatable wind turbine to get all powerful wind blows – Altaeros believes. BAT works on the concept of the rotational energy of course.
So how higher should this turbine should float in the air? Generally its mentioned altitude of 1000 or 2000 feet above the ground. The the wings like strong tethers makes BAT stabilize and hold the atmospheric pressure in place. The Turbine blades are fixed in the middle of the craft that sends the generated energy down to the docking station through the docking cable.
Diesel generators are the standard in power generation for rural and off-grid areas. However, diesel fuel is expensive to deliver to these locations, and diesel generators, though inexpensive to install, are expensive to operate and maintain. Combined with significant increases in energy output and the ability to install the unit in 24 hours, the BAT substantially reduces the cost of energy and time to reach customers’ energy needs. In the future, Altaeros expects to deploy the BAT alongside first responders in emergency response situations when access to the electric grid is unavailable.
A comparable tower-based turbine generates only about half the power of this short-bus blimp, according to a recent write-up at the National Science Foundation.
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