Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) Uses Aerial Lift Platforms to Maintain the Turbines in Flight
Supported by a NIFA Small Business Innovation Research grant, Altaeros Energies of Somerville, Massachusetts, developed the Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), which uses aerial lift platforms to maintain the turbines in ﬂight. These turbines can consequently reach altitudes higher than traditional wind towers. The strong, consistent winds at these altitudes enable the BATs to generate more than twice the energy output of similarly rated turbines. BATs can also support and stabilize heavy communications and monitoring equipment in the air, offering an alternative to cell towers that would reduce infrastructure costs. The BAT was successfully commercialized in 2015 and telecom group SoftBank invested $7 million for future deployments of BAT technology in Japan.
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