High-altitude wind has the potential to reconfigure the global energy generation mix. The mean annual power density at 10,000 meters (~35,000 feet) shows that the U.S. is enveloped by excellent upper troposphere winds. Because of this extensive coverage, sites can be selected that require minimal construction of new transmission infrastructure. We also view offshore installations as a promising method of supplying power to densely populated coastal areas.
With a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) below coal and near baseload reliability the impact of this technology can hardly be overstated. Inexpensive, widely available renewable power will be as transformational as the first oil well. This will be a sea change in the energy landscape, leading to significant decreases in energy imports and energy related greenhouse gas emissions.