Yesterday, we ran a little story on a new project in Japan to beam laser power down to earth. The laser is actually powered by solar rays and could be used to capture electricity. Thanks to Domenick, one of our readers, we can show you another possible way to generate electricity remotely, pretty much anywhere, and without needing much of an infrastructure. Magenn Power's MARS Wind Power Anywhere™ solution "is a lighter-than-air tethered wind turbine" which can be deployed anywhere that wind is present. The generator looks kind of like a big weather balloon and is filled with helium. As the device spins, electricity is generated and sent down a cable which tethers the machine to the ground, where the power can then be stored. I would expect that this technology will be ready for public consumption way before any lasers of energy are beamed down to earth.
[Source: Magenn, thanks Domenick]