Development of an inflatable turbine could be coming to Scotland soon? Well having flown Blimps over wind farm sites I am aware of the limitations. The higher they fly the heavier the cable until an equilibrium is struck where they won’t go any higher. Also as soon as the wind blows more than a light zephyr the blimp flies off downwind and the weight and angle of the cable reduces the height. Now it may well be that the provision of energy at a disaster area to power mobile hospitals without the logistic nightmare of fuel supplies may be a positive move although the practical logistics of getting such a monstrous ‘vehicle’ onto site let alone the very expensive helium needed rather negates that except in very specific situations. Possibly on a hospital ship.
So why Scotland? We are actually not that isolated in comparison to Alaska, Siberia, the Outback of Australia or Mongolia. Although tying to get parcels delivered north of Perth would suggest otherwise. What we do have is an extremely gullible government with renewable aspirations and a record of handing out large grants and subsidies which this project seems to feed on. Just consider a comparison to a turbine with a proposed life of twenty five years, although a technical lifespan of some fifteen years. Against that we could suggest that such an inflatable would self destruct in a fraction of the time, never mind the ongoing cost of helium, the daily attention to keep it flying, the cold nights, etc, etc.
Basically, the idea sucks. But then a previous Scottish Government bought into the Darien Scheme and the present First Minister still dreams of Scotland as the Saudi Arabia of Wind. We remain to be convinced in which area he is most interested, the repressive Regal political control of Saudi Arabia or the wind.