The BAT harnesses extreme high-altitude winds to generate sustainable energy.

A new helium-filled wind turbine that floats 1,000 feet in the air has been proven to generate twice as much power as a conventional turbine tower. Designed and built by the startup Altaeros Energies, the floating wind turbine can also provide data coverage, cell service and local weather data to remote communities.

The inflatable power plant can make use of winds five to eight times more powerful than those found at a few hundred feet, which is the average height for a traditional wind turbine. Cables tethered to the ground not only provide a way to send power back down to Earth, but also secure the blimp – which is tough enough to withstand severe weather conditions.

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