posted on Jun, 30 2012 @ 05:18 AM
This would not be the first time that a clean energy plan has been suggested involving air currents and lofted collection methods.
However, the one you suggest is simply not the best example of its type. The best idea I have ever seen to use the flow of air as an energy source,
was one involving an armada of specially developed kites, attached to a unit which reclaimed the kinetic energy of the kites movement, turning it into
electrical power. Once lofted, the kites would pull the wires, creating the required kinetic force to drive energy production.
This is much better than trying to loft a turbine, mounted on a balloon, and then transmitting the power created by the turbine down a wire, or
storing it in a battery for later collection, and a hell of a lot more simple,and simple always wins when clean energy solutions are concerned.
However, both your plan, and the one I have outlined involve a restriction of airspace for them to be safe, the lines can become tangled, and the
lofted objects will be subject to wind speeds and currents that may in fact prove costly to counteract, in terms of keeping the objects aloft. A
problem that may be more of a concern to your idea, than the one I have outlined, is that you are intending to send current from the point of
production (in the balloons mounted turbine unit) down a wire to a ground based collector, battery, or direct grid access point. One thing you may not
have considered, is that passing a current down a wire in the atmosphere, is ASKING for an increased risk of lightning strike, and there are very few
electrical systems that have the capacity to shrug off the awesome power of a high powered bolt of lightning.
If you were to be caught out by a suddenly encroaching storm front, your equipment both in the air, and on the ground, would be in very serious
danger. There is as far as I know, no way to prevent the sheer, raw power of a lightning bolt, from taking the path of least resistance, which your
apparatus would represent, to the ground which would no doubt mean the destruction of your balloon, your turbine, and the battery or collection system
you put in place on the ground. Even worse, if you hooked up your wire to the grid, to feed energy in directly to it, the lightning would have no
firewall between itself and the grid, putting the whole system, and the supply of power to potentially hundreds of thousands of people, at very