Even if you own a blimp I bet it doesn’t generate energy, because it is not an airborne wind turbine. Some genius people at Altaeros Energies have been able to test their prototype of wind-power blimp successfully. High up in the sky the helium filled blimp generates power with the help of wind turbine that lies inside the circular shaped blimp.
It also has a fan at its center, and this whole system is connected to a base station that relays the electricity from blimp to local grid station.
The airborne wind turbine was tested 350 feet above the ground level and due to the stronger air up there it generates twice the energy as a regular pole mounted turbine. Altaeros Energies’ wind turbine is suitable for remote villages and military outposts, and also for timely projects that are set up in distant places where power isn’t available. It could be a good solution for Panasonic at Mount Fuji as well.
The problem is that the energy generated from this blimp is expensive, but its maker says it is one third of the cost of power generated by diesel generators.
Altaeros Energies is now working on a larger commercial system with larger turbine. I would like to own one of these one day. Will you?
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