Flying wind generators are the future of wind energy. This article talks about the replacement of wind turbines for “windmills in the sky”. Instead of using the current wind turbines, Bryan Roberts, and engineer at University of technology in Sydney, Australia, decided to fly wind turbines into the jet stream 15,000 to 45,000 feet into the sky with winds up to 200 miles per hour. With 600 of these producing 20 megawatts each could power two Chicago sized cities.
The article is extremely interesting and fascinating. I was interested from the minute I first started reading the article until the very last word. The information was presented in such a way that is understandable to me even though I do not know very much about the subject just yet. The article is very organized and was definitely easy to read. The only problem with it is the misspelling of the word “the”.
I believe that the idea is incredible. Who would believe that we could send a flying wind turbine 15,000 to 45,000 feet up in the air to produce energy? I definitely didn’t, but with the technology we have today I shouldn’t have been surprised. I am extremely excited to go into the field of design and possibly be able to say I designed a world-changing item. This is one reason why I decided to major in drafting and design technologies.
Behar, M. (2005). Windmills in the Sky. Popular Science, 267(3), 38-39.