We recently caught wind of the high-flying turbine blimps that could cut our energy costs by up to 65 per cent. Now we get to see a prototype of this glorious feat of human engineering in action. This is not science fiction; the future is here.
Designed by Altaeros Energies, these high-altitude wind turbines could help generate energy for remote places that are cut off from the grid. For everyone who thinks that sounds like a crazy idea, this video of a tethered blimp prototype harvesting energy at 100m is remarkable proof of concept. With this demonstration, Alteros Energies hopes to secure partnerships to make its vision of blimp-powered villages a reality. Incredible. [Cnet]