Need WiFi? Look for a Flying Wind Turbine.

By: | April 9th, 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology startup Altaeros Energies has developed the BAT, or Buoyant Airborne Turbine, which can roam the skies as a WiFi hotspot.

The flying turbine is filled with helium and can rise up to 2,000 feet to utilize power from strong, high-altitude winds, allowing the BAT to generate double the energy of standard turbines.

Energy is transferred through cables that are attached to the ground and also hooked to the flying turbine.

The BAT is perfect for delivering WiFi connectivity to remote areas that struggle with internet access and can also provide weather data and cell phone service to these areas.

Currently, Altaeros is planning on testing its turbines in remote areas of Alaska after receiving a $1.3 million grant from the Alaska Energy Authority to aid in its efforts to decrease energy costs for many Alaskan residents.

Michael Cooney

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