Swiss-based TwingTec aims to address the need for on-demand renewable energy in remote areas with the development of a flying wind turbine tethered to a shipping container. It’s called TT100 and it makes for an easily deployable wind energy option for off-grid communities, remote work sites, and disaster zones. By harnessing the power of wind and converting it into usable electricity, TwingTec’s TT100 works in tandem with a separate diesel generator to reduce fuel consumption, cutting carbon emissions and keeping more fossil fuels in the ground.
Wind turbines mounted on tethered wings are a growing trend in renewable energy, in part due to their portability as well the ability to loft a group of the flying turbines to create a wind farm without eating up as much surface space as traditional stand-up turbines. TwingTec has smartly designed their entire wind energy system to be fully autonomous, and the whole system packs into a single 20-foot shipping container. This feature makes it easily deployable and well suited for use in any remote location where electricity is needed.
The flying wind turbine tethers to the shipping container during use, converts the kinetic energy of the wind into a pull on the tethers, which in turn powers a generator to produce electricity. In conjunction with a battery system and diesel generator, the TT100 system creates an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for “always on” energy needs, wind or no wind. In the sky above the base unit, the TT100 turbine floats 1,000 feet above the ground and flips around in the wind like a kite, making figure eights in the air while generating an average output of 100kW. In situations where much more power is needed, multiple units can be floated in a small area.
TwingTec estimates that just one of its winged wind energy generator can displace 26,400 gallons of diesel fuel and save 240 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
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