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Flying Wind Farms

Can you imagine a balloon fitted with turbines and long tubes flying at over 30,000 feet in the air? This just might be the wave of the future in wind energy. According to NASA , at 30,000 feet turbines can tap into the jet stream which could conduct 20,000 to 40,000 watts per meter of energy. This is an abundance more than the normal 500 watts in which ground turbines can produce. Flying wind farms additionally can be reeled in during storms and will take up less space than the normal ground turbines.

There are several ideas for the structure of wind farms from a blimp to a parachute or even a kite. A few companies such as Sky Windpower and Altaeros are presently developing prototypes and looking for funding. With luck, a federal fund for $100, 000 is reserved for testing high-altitude, nano cable-tethered, above ground wind farms. Nevertheless, we still need more involvement from the government in order to sustain wind farms.

Despite the plenty of exceptional aspects wind farms generate there is, of course, a few issues that would need to be addressed. One of the biggest challenges would be to work out air space with the Federal Aviation Administration so that aircraft and wind farms would not collide in the air. Furthermore, it would be best to place them offshore but there is still the issue of transporting the energy from sea to land. If the government helped with initiating a process with the FAA then it would become more likely a possibility to see wind farms change the future of energy.

Wind farms could perhaps consequently be the most economical energy source.

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