A company by the name of Altaeros Energies, borne from the labs at MIT, is poised to break the record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed, with plans to float an electricity-generating device at an altitude of 1,000 feet above a site south of Fairbanks, Alaska.
The blimp-like powerhouse, which Altaeros refers to as a Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), aims to improve on more conventional, tower-based turbines by tapping into the stronger, more consistent winds found at higher altitudes.
As an added benefit, Altaeros’ CEO Ben Glass says in a release, the “BAT can be transported and setup without the need for large cranes, towers, or underground foundations that have hampered past wind projects.” This makes it ideal for isolated communities where electricity is either nonexistent or prohibitively expensive.
In remote parts of Alaska…
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