Gallery: SELSAM SUPERTURBINES: Flying wind-turbines for max power

Selsam's SuperTurbine sea deployment with blimp

The higher up in the air you go, the faster wind travels – so naturally the further from the ground a wind-turbines gets, the more efficient it can be. Thats why the idea of a flying wind-turbine is a such a win-win (or win-wind) proposition. Combining wind power with floating blimps, Selsam has been hard at work expanding the horizons of alternative energy with a revolutionary new breed of SuperTurbines that promise to take wind power to new heights.

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  1. 2rashedul November 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Look forward there are lot of things to invent for this beautiful world.

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  3. rain on your parade May 16, 2008 at 11:25 am

    good idea. and then you start harvesting bodies of local gulls or turns out the low-freq noise from these things distracts some fancy whale specie from mating and some branch of nature lovers organization du jour who love nature more than you will shut this sucker down. OOPS..

    sorry dear angel investors we didnt think of that ;(

  4. dezynboy May 16, 2008 at 12:21 am

    What about the poor birds who happen to inhabit the coastal areas where this things would reside? Aren’t exposed turbines running up and down the stalk of this thing blowing in the breeze a potential disaster for coastal aviary life? I’m also concerned with how close ships could get near the blades. From the 3rd illustration, all it would take is one strong gust to send those propellers into that tanker!

  5. mwalker52 May 15, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Why are they always using th 3 blade propellers? there are much more efficient designs.

  6. colab May 15, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Interesting… but I’m a fan of this floating turbine concept that is already proven to work.

  7. clairseach May 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Why have a blimp and turbines when they can be the same thing? See for its magnus effect blimp turbine, a much more elegant solution I think, if it works.

  8. AJ May 15, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Umm….this looks great in concept, I must say, but I have to think that these guys have significant engineering hurdles to overcome. Plus, the idea ultimately relies on being able to move into the wind (I dont know how much of an advantage this is in an off-shore application). I am all for the idea of multiple small turbines as opposed to the large lumbering ones (and I am of the opinion that the former would be more efficient in the long run, if yields can be matched), but I doubt whether a “flexible shaft that moves with the wind currents” is currently easier to produce and maintain. Plus, they may require a larger amount of space to be deployed. On the positive side, I think they would be visually more appealing than the typical offshore wind farm.

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