Wind power industry may soon undergo a sea change with the advent of the wind turbine, which in appearance resembles a balloon.
The American company Altaeros Energies, which was born in the depths of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and specializes in the field of wind energy, has announced the successful test runs of the new technology. They managed to create energy at a height of 100 meters with an automatic prototype flying wind turbine.
Ready-made commercial model can operate at an altitude of 300 meters, where the winds are stronger and more persistent.
The company said that in the course of this trial was achieved several key milestones. The machine automatically picked up one of the most popular turbine at high altitude and produced twice as much electricity than land-based wind turbines.
Company representatives said that because their product can reach higher winds, the force of which is more than five times the strength of the wind at the bottom, it will reduce the cost of energy by 65 cents and will reduce installation time from weeks to days.
In addition to this, it has almost no influence on the environment, does not generate noise and needs to be either a minimum of maintenance. This will come to replace the fuel that is used in diesel generators for industrial, military, and remote from civilization sites. In the long term, Altaeros plans to significantly reduce the price of these technologies.
"For decades, required for the installation of wind turbines and the huge tower cranes to lift them to a height of ten meters, where the winds are weak and jerky" - said Ben Glass, the inventor of this technology and the head of the firm.
"We are excited to demonstrate that modern inflatable materials can raise the wind turbine to higher winds almost everywhere. This platform is competitive and easy to install from the shipping container."
This model is used helium-filled inflatable shell that securely held in place by a sturdy leash and sends electricity to the Earth.