Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT)

Buoyant Airborne Turbine technology is an integration of innovative aerospace and wind turbine applications consisting of four main parts:

  • Shell
  • Turbine
  • Tethers
  • Ground Station

The Shell

The shell is composed of a gas-tight, durable fabric that is inflated with helium. The shell is designed to shift into changing winds while simultaneously channeling wind through the turbine. Aerodynamic lift in unison with buoyant lift keeps the Buoyant Airborne Turbine afloat regardless of strong or weak winds. In addition to the shell, there is also an airborne platform for additional cameras, communications, or sensor equipment customizable to suite your needs.

The Turbine

The turbine in the BAT is the same proven technology used in thousands of wind turbines around the worlds. Like other turbines the BAT utilizes kinetic energy from the wind and converts this energy into electrical power. The Buoyant Airborne Turbine can convert wind to energy while airborne or while docked on the ground.

The Ground Station

The ground station is designed for easy transport and usability. It is built onto a trailer platform with winches that control tether spend, length and their alignment to the shell which prevents tangling and other issues. The ground station is also equipped with landing rails that safely and efficiently secure the BAT when docked. The ground station is also designed to condition the electricity produced by the turbine before it is interfaced with a micro grid, grid connection or customer equipment.

The Tethers

The BAT tethers connect the shell and the turbine to the ground station’s winches. The tethers are controlled by an automated technology that adjusts to the turbines altitude and that also enhance turbine stability. They also provide an electrical connection to transport power form the turbine down to the ground station where it is interfaced. The automated controls also adjust to changing winds in order to keep the turbine at the ideal altitude for maximum energy output and minimum structural loads.

For more information about Buoyant Airborne Turbines and how to get started, contact Global Re-Energy. We are here to answer all your questions and find the best wind energy technology solutions for you.