If it will live today, the famous Spanish writer Cervantes should change little story of Don Quixote – windmills known fighter. Knight fighting monsters that would float now in the air.
Very soon, over the city of Fairbanks in Alaska, will be issued a wind turbine. It will use helium to remain suspended above the ground, without the need of a stanchion and its location adjacent land, inform theatlantic.com, taken on Tuesday.
Giant balloon will be, according to Gizmodo, the first commercial floating wind turbine.
The device will be called Floating Wind Turbine ( Buoy Wind Turbine – BAT ) told the company that created Altaeros Energies, based in Boston, thought of an alternative to diesel generators that would be difficult to transport in isolated regions or affected by disasters. The project capitalizes drafts energy which manifests in height.
BAT is not alone in trying to use air currents altitude. According to IEEE Spectrum, the competition for floating wind turbines achieve more researchers involved. But Altaeros claim that the project of Alaska 's first commercially is viable.
The real test will be given Altaeros turbines on their ability to convince the markets. According to the company developing the project, there is a specialized market worth $ 17 billion. There are military bases, mines, small islands that need energy, that is outside the range of the suppliers.
Altaeros is not the only company that wants to meet this demand. Last year Google acquired the company Makani Power X specializes in the manufacture of wind turbines flying IEEE Spectrum notes. The field is currently active WindLift, SkySails, Sky Windpower and NTS.
All these companies are not fighting windmills, but trying to reinvent itself.