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In airborne wind energy, the turbines are as high as half a mile up in the sky and can take advantage of high-altitude winds. They expand the possible places where wind can be harvested, opening up remote islands or locations far offshore in the ocean. The technology, mainly consisting of a kite and a small base station, is much less expensive to install than traditional wind turbines. Electricity is generated from the tug of the line that connects the kite to the ground station. The regulatory landscape needs to be assessed, as these flying turbines invade the airspace of planes and drones and can potentially collide with them.

Airborne wind energy

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