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Company hopes to tap high winds for rural power

By Associated Press 10:21 AM March 31, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A Boston-based company is scouting for an Alaska location to test a flying wind turbine that could lower power costs in rural villages.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1kiLX19) reports Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take advantage of high altitude winds blowing hundreds of feet high. Co-founder Adam Rein says high winds are stronger and more consistent than lower altitude wind.

The company has received a grant of about $750,000 from the Alaska Energy Authority’s Emerging Energy Technology Fund to help pay for a pilot program of its Buoyant Airborne Turbine.

The flying turbine is a large, cylindrical, fabric shell inflated with helium.

One possible location for the test program is Golden Valley Electric Association’s Eva Creek wind farm.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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