The Competitive Advantage
Airborne electric generators have the distinct advantage of avoiding the visual and noise impacts associated with ground-based wind turbines. Operating at altitudes of around 4km or 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 area.
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 the 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 of civilisation. In other words, it is argued that the extraction of 1% of this wind energy were to be made to supply all of 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.