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Displacing Diesel Consumption With High Altitude Wind Energy From The Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT)
Altaeros Energies is developing a Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), which leverages proven aerospace technology to lift a wind turbine into stronger, more consistent winds beyond the reach of conventional tower-based turbines. The BAT uses a tethered, helium-inflatable shell adapted from military aerostats, to lift a 3-blade, horizontal axis wind turbine. The BAT generates 2-3 times the electricity of competing turbines and is rapidly deployable. Altaeros will demonstrate its BAT 30kW in Alaska in 2015. This will be the first commercial airborne wind turbine demonstration in the United States, in partnership with the Alaska Energy Authority.
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