High-Altitude Wind:

Fast and Consistent

It’s not like the more you use it, the more you run out... It doesn’t matter how much you use it. It’s still there every day. It’s free energy, continuously guaranteed as long as the Earth is what it is.
Cristina Archer, Assistant Professor, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, California State University - Chico

Winds at higher altitudes are faster and more consistent than winds near the Earth’s surface and contain more than three times the power providing a phenomenal untapped resource.

A comprehensive understanding of wind in the upper boundary layer and its availability is critical to the development of our technology.

We have extensively modeled tropospheric winds using data spanning 29 years (1979 - 2008) to develop global maps of wind speed and wind power. We are currently analyzing regional upper boundary layer wind data.

120 m (400 ft)Global wind speeds

600 m (2,000 ft)Global wind speeds

Global wind speeds

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Average power density in kW/m2