The large family of innovative solar technologies has just acquired a brand new member thanks to the British firm New Wave Energy.
The invention is a 20 by 20 meter pilot-less aerial power plant, which will fly at 15,000 m height, harvest wind and solar energy, and send it wirelessly to receiving stations on the ground without causing disturbances to biodiversity or air traffic.
Sometimes when we hear about a new invention, such as a flying wind turbine or flying solar collectors, it is hard not to assume that we have seen it all. Somehow, however, technological advances and innovations always manage to prove us wrong and show us that there is no end to what we are capable of creating.
One such invention is the high altitude aerial power plant developed by New Wave Energy UK. Although still in its development stage and pending patent, the technology is expected to have sufficient capabilities to provide enough power supply for up to 200,000 homes per year, given that an aerial power plant can consist of thousands of drones. Each drone will be equipped with four rotors, a flat base to generate solar power and a number of wind turbines. Because it will fly at a very high altitude, it will not only be unseen by the naked eye, but also it will not interfere with any existing systems, while taking full advantage of the stable winds and constant weather patterns.
In addition, each aircraft will be powered by a small amount of the energy that it harvests, making the technology extra ‘green’, while the remaining will be sent to receiving stations on the ground. The developers are convinced that such invention will be particularly useful in areas hit by natural disasters, as it does not require any land space and it can be easily placed wherever it is needed.
New Wave Energy hope that they can start by installing such plants in unpopulated areas above the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. If they manage to raise $500,000 soon, we should be able to see the first working prototype sometime next year. A Kickstarter campaign is expected to start in the coming months, and after acquiring the funds, it should take not more than 6 months for the guys to demonstrate the invention.