Detroit net zero infratech company Aradatum completed the 1/16 scale demonstration models for its 150-foot-tall mobile, self-powered macro towers that enable universal 5G access.
Charged by a vertical wind turbine, the towers give mobile and virtual network operators the infrastructure for cellular, fixed wireless, neutral host applications, private networks and edge computing in previously inaccessible and unreached locations.
“The demonstration units provide the first physical manifestation of the engineering and technology we developed over the past two years,” Aradatum President Larry Leete said. “We’re already looking to Aradatum’s next milestone, when we put the first 150-foot-tall tower in the ground at the end of the year.”
Livonia-based Roush provided turnkey product development to include engineering, material procurement, machining, app development and final assembly. MAHLE and Caterpillar are also collaborating on the project.
Aradatum raised $15M in private growth capital – $10M of it within five months – to fund the 12-foot-tall demonstration models and finish construction on the first production-ready pilot towers by the end of 2022. The final towers will go in the ground in Michigan, Maine and Kansas.
The models enable Aradatum to physically illustrate the installation process – which requires zero cranes – and the vertical axis blades that open and close hydraudrically. They will simulate the turbines spinning at various speeds and its custom controls.