Aligarh: “Airborne wind energy devices pose significant opportunities for increasing our reliance on renewable energies. There is enough wind energy to satisfy global power demands and deployed airborne wind energy devices do not impose significant environmental or societal pressures,” said Prof Imtiaz Ashraf, Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
He was delivering a lecture on ‘Advance Wind Energy Systems’ in the International Faculty Development Program on ‘Technology with Social Relevance’ (TSR 2020) organised by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, GMR Institute of Technology, Andhra Pradesh.
Discussing the working of Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT), Prof Imtiaz said that this turbine is a design concept for a wind turbine with a rotor supported in the air without a tower through gas filled balloons and fixed wing propellers.
“AWT, which can utilise the persistence of wind at high altitudes is at prototype stage and is expected to the next leap towards renewable energy,” said Prof Imtiaz.
Delineating social aspects of wind generation, he pointed out that continuous efforts are being made to make the technology sound proof and an environmentally friendly energy source for reducing the ill effects of global warming.