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Here’s a good look from CNN at the concept of ‘floating’ wind turbines in the air for remote rural applications where it is expensive or logistically difficult to put up a traditional tower for a turbine: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/tech/2014/05/06/airborne-wind-turbine-big-idea-orig-nws.cnn&iref=allsearch&video_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2Fsearch%2F%3Fquery%3DEnergy%26x%3D0%26y%3D0%26primaryType%3Dmixed

This may be due to permafrost soils creating expensive conditions to backfill the foundation, lack of local cranes, rare barge visits to supply materials during the building season, etc… This may be particularly helpful for small bush schools who also want to teach their children about energy and make them more aware of an elusive yet ever present resource in their community (especially is SW Alaska). Take a look and see what you think of this new idea, and then pass along the link to ‘float’ it by someone else you know in rural, remote Alaska!

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