What are some benifits, limitations, and applications about the new idea of gathering wind energy from the stratosphere?I need some few examples of each for an extra credit essay. I don't need...

What are some benifits, limitations, and applications about the new idea of gathering wind energy from the stratosphere?

I need some few examples of each for an extra credit essay. I don't need someone to do it but i do need to have some more information. This will really help out my grade and I am running out of time. If it is possible, can you also attach the link just for me to look back at it. Thank you so much.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This would really be great if it could happen.  Studies show that there is a huge amount of potential wind power up at high altitudes.

I would think that there would be some pretty significant difficulties, however.  First of all, you have to get generators up there.  The generators would have to be small enough and light enough to be held up in the stratosphere in some economical way.  Second, you would have to transmit the power from the stratosphere to Earth in some way that would be both feasible and economical.  It sounds pretty unlikely to me...

versatilekamini | Student

Wind energy is clean energy that produces no emissions, which means it doesn’t contribute to acid rain and snow, global climate change, smog, regional haze, mercury contamination, water withdrawal, and particulate-related health effects. With today’s rising coal and gas prices, new wind plants compete favorably against any new electricity generation source. Wind farms located in rural areas generate energy that can be transmitted to load centers in urban areas via the regional utility grid. The rural areas retain the jobs, as well as land lease revenue for farmers and ranchers.

Wind turbines are compatible with rural land uses—crops can be grown and livestock can be grazed up to the base of the turbine. Unlike most other electricity generation sources, wind turbines don’t consume water. Unlike conventional fossil fuels, wind energy is renewable, abundant energy that will be available for future generations.