Bringing Energy to Remote Areas

Not just any energy renewable energy! With a lot of the worlds most remotest destinations still unable to get an internet connection, there is still plenty of work to be done to create a level playing field for everyone on the planet. There are many different advancements being made across the globe, with Google purchasing solar powered drone makers as a method to provide internet access, and Facebook’s foray into investment of this nature shows there are steps being made to provide everyone with access. However, this MIT startup aims to go one step further and provide renewable energy and wifi across Alaska using their enormous helium-filled wind turbines. They are soon to float over the city of Fairbanks and should produce enough electricity for around a dozen families living off the grid. Just have a look at the video and imagine the potential for remote families, disaster relief and sustainable energy across the globe. These turbines can access high-altitude winds, they generate roughly double the energy of standard ground turbines. In addition to generating lower-cost energy for remote areas, the turbines could serve as sources of internet connectivity and cellphone service. The flying turbine transfers the energy through cables that tether it to the ground. The obvious issue is with the rising cost of helium, how sustainable will this be? How do you think it compares to Google and Facebooks versions?

Renewable energy by air
Renewable energy by air