Sunday, April 15, 2007

It's like something out of Sun of Suns -- which is glorious by the way ...

Flying Wind Farms

Power generation: If people object to wind farms cluttering up the countryside, one answer might be to put them in the air

So, just as oil companies are drilling deeper and in more remote locations in search of new reserves, pioneer wind-power engineers are looking higher in the sky for new sources of energy. Conventional turbines will not take them there—the highest to date is just over 200 metres tall. So they are trying to invent a whole new technology for harvesting wind: electricity generators that fly.

... Mr Shepard estimates these rigs could produce power for as little as two cents a kilowatt hour. That is cheaper than the three to five cents conventional energy generation costs.

Seriously, how cool is that?


Blogger Peter Watts said...

It is quite cool--until the anchor cable snaps. Then it becomes very cool.

9:54 AM  
Blogger razorsmile said...

First off, woohoo! I've got bigtime author(s) commenting on me blog now.

Second, them folks better invest in some nanotubes then; I like my cool better.

2:30 AM  

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