Renewables consultant GL Garrad Hassan published it first market report on high altitude wind energy on Thursday 25 august. High altitude wind energy technology is designed to exploit the stable and high velocity wind currents 200m to 2km high. There are a variety of methods of tapping into this energy source such as kites, balloons and aerostats. The report looked at the potential of high altitude wind as an energy source, the current technologies available and their potential to become mature systems. The consultants noted that their already exists an active and expanding industry and that development should focus on offshore applications. The report concluded that countries such as the UK and China are expected to dominate the industry on a global scale.
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