High Altitude Wind Power

Flying Windmills or Flying Electric Generator (FEG) technology

High Altitude Wind Power uses flying electric generator (FEG) technology in the form of what have been more popularly called flying windmillsin a proposed renewable energy project over rural or low-populated areas, to produce around 12,000 MW of electricity with only 600 well clustered rotorcraft kites that use only simple autogyro physics to generate far more kinetic energy than a nuclear plant can.

Autogyro technology has been around since 1919 when Juan de la Cierva invented his first prototype, making the first successful flight in 1923 four years later over Madrid, you may remember seeing one in the Mel Gibson movie Mad Max.

Perhaps it was even Mad Max that inspired this concept, but it has taken that long for someone to finally conceptualize the possibilities surrounding this stuff; and if someone is to be immortalized it might just be an Australian visionary named Bryan W. Roberts.

Professor Bryan Roberts, teamed up Sky WindPower Corporation to produce a prototype power plant over the Californian Desert to show what the real cost-effective benefits of FEG technology really are; while also searching for better funding.

According to Sky WindPower; the overuse of fossil fuels and the overabundance of radioactive waste from nuclear energy plants is taking our planet once again down a path of destruction, for something that is more expensive and far more dangerous in the long run. FEG technology is just cheaper, cleaner and can provide more energy than those environmentally unhealthy methods of the past, making it a desirable substitute/alternative.

The secret to functioning High Altitude Wind Power is efficient tether technology that reaches 15,000 feet in the air, far higher than birds will fly, but creating restricted airspace for planes and other aircraft.

This is already done with big brother radar balloons that extend upon the vigilant border patrols looking for coyote aircraft drug running from Mexico into US territory.

The same materials used in the tethers that hold these balloons in place can also hold flying windmills in place; and with energy cable technology getting ever lighter and stronger, FEG technology can now feasibly generate far more than enough wind energy (if properly clustered) to sustain or alternatively replace all of the USs current grid usage.

FEG technology doesn’t need to be confined to lower populated areas (although it is the logical way to be safest) as they would be brought down for safety evaluations and technical check-ups every two years and during probable disaster warnings, turning them into an extremely disaster-safe, source of clean energy.

One of the highest perks to FEG tech is the reliable production of hydrogen gas as an alternatively stored fuel from energy supply excess. Creating both a constant supply of an entirely CO2 free form of potent energy for transportation as well as a more efficient source of energy reserve than rechargeable batteries are at present.

Flying windmills appear to be 90 percent more energy efficient in wind tunnel tests than their land-based counterparts; that is three times more efficiency due to simple yet constantly abundant and effective high altitude wind power, available only 15,000 feet in the air by way of clustered rotor craft kites tethered with existing anti-terrorist technologies like those used on the Mexican/American border radar balloons.

High Altitude Wind Power offers itself as a clean and more powerful source of power generation than anything available on-the-grid at present and if Sky WindPower Corp. has their way, FEG technology and flying windmills will take the lead of a more sustainable future within the decade.

Harnessing High Altitude Wind Power – Bryan W. Roberts, David H. Shepard, Life Senior Member, IEEE, Ken Caldeira,
M. Elizabeth Cannon, David G. Eccles, Member, IEEE, Albert J. Grenier, and Jonathan F. Freidin

Related Articles:
Flying Windmills – by Lloyd Alter writer for Treehugger.com
Windmills in the Sky – by David Cohn writer for Wired.com