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Pierre Rivard: There's perhaps less than 15% of the land mass that would have sufficient wind quality at the ground level, but when you raise the altitude you virtually have access to 100% of the land mass with usable wind energy.
Randy Atkins: Pierre Rivard heads Magenn Power. Engineers there are building blimp-like turbines that float about a thousand feet in the air using helium. Winds spin it on a horizontal axis, generating electricity that’s sent to the ground through a tether. And he says it's safer for birds.
Pierre Rivard: They could fly through the blades of a conventional windmill, but with us they see it ahead of them and just fly around it.
Randy Atkins: Rivard says initial uses could be in developing areas and for rapid deployment for emergencies. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.