Welcome to Altitude Energy
The non-polluting technology of Electric Generating Rotorcraft at high altitude are Australia’s answer to clean renewable energy and enhanced communications.
This technology far exceeds the power density of any other large-scale renewable resource found anywhere on Earth.
Altitude Energy Pty. Ltd. is an Australian company which specializes in the use of electro-mechanically tethered, quad-rotorcraft for a variety of purposes.
One of our products is a quad-rotorcraft that harvests the powerful and persistent wind power above Australia to generate electricity.
Another of our products is a quad-rotorcraft that could be tethered at an altitude of around 20,000 feet or more to serve as an internet platform for all outback internet users.
Electric Generating Rotorcraft
A new cutting edge form of automated and tethered quad-rotor craft, which can fly aloft, gyroplane-style, while simultaneously generating electricity.
About the EGR Technology
The Electric Generating Rotorcraft operate in the powerful, persistent and reliable winds over most of Australia at an altitude of 4 km or more. They are highly controllable and capable of being flown for the large-scale supply of power. The power produced has a base-load capability.
Extensive theoretical and experimental studies at the University of Sydney and more recently by Altitude Energy Pty, Ltd. have shown how base-load electricity at a multi-megawatt scale can be generates at altitude in a feasible and low-cost manner, without noise and visual impacts.
It is well known that extremely powerful and persistent winds, called jet streams, exist at altitude in both hemispheres. Over Australia, these winds are amongst the best in the world, if not the very best, based on strength, persistence and reliability.
The Competitive Advantage
Airborne electric generators have the disctinct advantage of avoiding the visual and noise impacts associated with ground-base wind turbines. Operating at altitude of around 4 km of more, Altitude Energy’s generating units are out of sight and out of ear-shot. This feature overcomes community concerns about conventional ground-based windmills. In addition, because the wind resource exists over all of southern Australia, there is no need to site our units at obvious prominent locations as is the convention with conventional windmills. They can be conveniently sited in controlled airspace, anywhere in Australia’s vast regional and remote areas.
At altitude over Australia and around latitude 30 degrees in both Earth hemispheres, the winds are about 80 times more powerful and 3 times more persistent than the winds generally available to ground-based turbines. This makes the upper energy resource the largest and most powerful renewable resource found anywhere on Earth, far exceeding that of solar, wave, geothermal or any other renewable resource. As a result the cost of electricity production cannot be surpassed, including even that from coal-fired power stations.
Numerous overseas studies have shown that the world’s total upper-wind resource has 100 times the power necessary to supply the power needs of all civilisation. In other words, it is argued that the extraction of 1% of this wind energy were to be made to supply the Earth’s current power needs, then there would be an insignificant disturbance to the planet’s environment and climate. Therefore, Altitude Energy’s energy extraction technology is entirely sustainable.
Altitude Energy, with it’s patented technology, is currently seeking strategic partnerships and financial investment to establish a prototype, before taking this technology to market to households throughout Australia.
Altitude Energy is seeking the support of private and public investment to progress the technology to a prototype. With a patented design, Altitude Energy are ready to mount such a low altitude demonstration, prior to a scale-up of the demonstrator to produce commercial, high altitude versions.
These commercial crafts could be manufactured in Australia for home use and overseas export, thereby generating valuable revenue with associated local employment benefits.