Wind turbines are getting to be a pretty common sight these days with hill tops, farm fields, and shorelines being some of the most common locations to see them. A company called Altaeros Energies is looking to change where we see wind turbines. They don’t want to take down the existing ones, but rather, they want to build new ones . . . in the sky. The company, which got its start in an MIT laboratory, has built a long donut shaped wind turbine that rides the wind 1000 ft. above the ground on two wings and two tail fins. In the center hole of this donut blimp is a large, three bladed wind turbine. The turbine stays aloft thanks to its helium filled shell.
The Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), as it’s called, seeks to improve on the design of existing wind turbines by harnessing the faster,