April 28, 2007
|Airborne Wind Farms||Energy Future Science/Technology|
An interesting review of concepts for flying wind farms. Whether or not these particular ideas turn out to be practical and scalable, it's encouraging to be reminded that there's a whole world full of inventors out there, and some of them are definitely thinking outside of the box.
Hmm, the idea of a 10km long aluminium cable capable of delivering substantial power to the ground being held in the sky by a rotating helikite somehow scares me. Even the jet stream is not that predictable, and if something goes wrong (which it inevitably will), you just don't want to be anywhere near there when the whole thing comes crashing down!! I much preferred the helium rotor idea - a least if that gets a puncture, it'll still mostly be flexible material hitting the ground...
Posted by: Jason at May 1, 2007 07:49 AM