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A Boston-based company is scouting for an Alaska location to test a flying wind turbine that could lower power costs in rural villages.
    
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take advantage of high altitude winds blowing hundreds of feet high. Co-founder Adam Rein says high winds are stronger and more consistent than lower altitude wind.
    
The company has received a grant of about $750,000 from the Alaska Energy Authority's Emerging Energy Technology Fund to help pay for a pilot program of its Buoyant Airborne Turbine.
    
The flying turbine is a large, cylindrical, fabric shell inflated with helium.
    
One possible location for the test program is Golden Valley Electric Association's Eva Creek wind farm.