EETF: High Capacity Airborne Wind Turbine

Project Overview

Altaeros Energies will demonstrate the operation and energy production of the Altaeros Airborne Wind Turbine(AWT). This turbine uses a helium filled shell to life a 30kW turbine up to 1,000 feet above the ground. Altaeros will potentially work with Delta Junction Wind Farm to test their device. However, this test bed is not final and Altaeros will work in conjunction with AEA to ultimately determine a location that is best suited to the testing of the device.


Project Objectives

Altaeros Energies will test their device in Alaska and confirm that the airborne wind turbine is capable of producing power. Testing will only occur after AEA has received copies of all relevant permits, site agreements, interconnection agreements, and Maine testing data. The testing data from Maine must be approved by AEA before testing in Alaska can begin.


Technology

This turbine design utilizes a shell filled with helium to lift a lightweight 30kW turbine to a height of up to 1,000ft above ground level. The helium shell lifts the turbine into the air and the tethers that hold the system to the ground also transmit power and an energy grid can be hooked in from the dock.


Administration of Funds

The Alaska Energy Authority has been placed in charge of administration for the Emerging Energy Technology Fund projects. More information can be found on their website here

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