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Watch Altaeros Energies' inflatable wind turbine soar 350 feet in the air

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A new video clip shows Altaeros Energies' Airborne Wind Turbine in action, generating power at 350 feet in the air.

Altaeros Airborne Wind Turbine
Altaeros Airborne Wind Turbine

Last month Altaeros Energies demonstrated its Airborne Wind Turbine, a 35-foot-wide blimp that could carry a turbine hundreds of feet into the air in order to harness stronger winds. While we had heard about the achievement, the company has now released a video showing the AWT in action. The clip shows the turbine blimp being tested 350 feet in the air, where it managed to generate twice the amount of power as a land-based turbine and then transfer it back to the ground through special tethers. It's impressive to watch, but the company has even bigger plans for the AWT — eventually it's expected to reach heights of over 1,000 feet.