Energy

Buoyant Airborne Turbine Brings Power to Remote Areas

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This thing you see is know as a Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT). I’t’s a brilliant way that Altaeros Energies plans to bring power to remote areas where conventional options are too costly.

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It’s helium-filled outer core floats the wind turbine up to 1,000 feet in the air where it harvests the strong, consistent winds that are beyond the reach of traditional towers.

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Started by Ben Glass in 2010, Altaeros Energies is already set to break the world record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed. At 18 cents per kilowatt-hour it’s almost twice as cheap as what it costs to power areas of Alaska.

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Visionaries + Movers

Ben Glass

Photo credit: Valentin Angerer for Altaeros Energies