Shell and Alphabet will create the first power station with flying windmills

Norway is planning to create the firstpower plant with flying wind turbines. The project development will be undertaken by Shell oil and gas company and one of the companies that is part of the Alphabet holding, Makani. Plans for construction shared the CEO of the latter, who wants to complete all work within two years.

While conventional wind powerdepend on wind speed (the higher it is, the more powerful the station works), the flying wind generator is able to stay at altitudes where there is almost always wind. Thus, a power station with this type of device will be able to generate more energy.

The plan will involve severalMakani wind generators, which must be tied with a special cable (cable) to the floats - they, in turn, are held in place by an anchor and transfer energy to the substation to stabilize the voltage. The wind generator has a wing span of 25.9 meters and is capable of rising to a height of up to 305 meters. It is equipped with 8 small generators. The power of the whole structure will be from 600 to 1000 kilowatts. After takeoff, the apparatus will rise to the working height, and then circling around the anchor point.

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The world's first flying wind turbine has been testedover Alaska in 2014. It was a ring shell filled with helium, in the center of which there is a turbine and an electric generator. The cost of the project was 1.3 million dollars. It is designed to provide energy production in various places and under different conditions.

Flying wind turbines will help solve anotherthe problem. The development of "clean" energy is a necessary thing, but usually the wind generators make a lot of noise, so it’s not quite appropriate to install them in the city. At sea, they can not take up much space and at the same time work as efficiently as possible.

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