NASA Developing Flying Wind Turbines

first_imgWhen it comes to wind energy, NASA is taking to the skies.Aerospace engineer Mark Moore has received a $100,000 grant from the federal government to research various types of airborne wind turbines — everything from turbines attached to floating blimps to kites. So what makes the sky better than ground? According to Moore, there’s a lot more power to be had.“At 2,000 feet (610 m), there is two to three times the wind velocity compared to ground level,” he explained. “The power goes up with the cube of that wind velocity, so it’s eight to 27 times the power production just by getting 2,000 feet (610 m) up, and the wind velocity is more consistent.”Via NASAlast_img read more