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UDaily: Airborne wind energy - High-altitude wind turbines have potential to generate large amounts of electricity

UDaily: Airborne wind energy - High-altitude wind turbines have potential to generate large amounts of electricity

Wind turbines hovering high in the air and tethered to the ground, like kites, have the potential to generate huge amounts of electricity, based on a recent wind availability study led by the University of Delaware.

Researchers pinpointed tracts of the atmosphere ideal for locating airborne wind energy (AWE) devices, which convert kinetic energy from wind into electricity. Findings published in the April issue of Renewable Energy show that there are enough areas usable by airborne turbines to produce several terawatts of electric power annually — more than enough needed to meet worldwide demands.