There is this company started out of MIT, Altaeros Energies, that is making blimp mounted wind turbines. If you float the turbine up high enough it captures more consistent and stronger winds than ground mounted wind mills. They call it “The Bat”. The thing looks awesome.
I emailed to see if they had a small one good for homes and businesses, thinking maybe I could get in on the ground floor as a dealer and strike it rich.
They said no. I imagine that it’s because the FAA wouldn’t like it if everyone had a 150 pound tethered power balloon floating over their house at 3000 feet which could make it tough for more important things like flying executives and government spy drones around
What if the tether broke. Or what if people who owned them smoked too much pot and one day looked up and thought that their “Bat” looked sad because it was tied up and so they just let them go free like a kid might with a balloon she got at a birthday party.
Fly away “Bat”, fly away.
Maybe some smart entrepreneur would get the idea that it would be great to hang advertising banners off the same tethers at a hundred feet or so. There could be banners all over the place flapping in the breeze and that would make local sign ordinances come into play or maybe the billboard companies would get some lobbyists involved to get laws written to regulate-out that opportunity.
And of course the mountain top wind energy guys and the offshore wind energy guys or the Pigeon Appreciation Society would start hiring proxies to create backlash over “Bat” noise or bird deaths.
Then some wealthy people wouldn’t like the way it looked from their house seeing all those “Bats” up there so they would lawyer up and get after it too.
Ya, I guess it was just a sucky idea…. and I won’t be quitting my day job at The Goat, which is where I will be Thursday night for Open Mic with Albert Lord, and Friday night for Robby Simpson and his great music, and Saturday night too for yet another English Pop Invasion with John Hasnip.
See you at The Goat,
PS. The Old Goat Summer Cornhole Kick Off Tournament will be Sunday May 18th at 1 PM and Prizes are to be had!