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My daily (well I am trying to update daily now) weblog covering topics such as wind power, embedded electronics, software development, CNC Machines and some fun stuff like travel and sailing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Airfoil-Based Wind Turbine




This is a preview of our new turbine. This turbine is still under development but is performing very well in initial tests.

This turbine is much lighter and faster than previous turbines I've built. For one, it is a lift based turbine utilizing symmetrical airfoils rather than a drag based turbine such as the Savonius. This has both advantages and disadvantages. This turbine really goes, but the Savonius starts up easier in super light winds.

I would like to thank the following companies who produced custom products or provided services which were integrated into this turbine prototype.

Liberty Machine and Tool - http://www.libertymachine.net/

SENSYR - http://sensyr.com

FC Sails - http://www.fcsails.com/

Thermal Foams, Inc. = http://www.thermalfoams.com/

Otherpower.com - http://otherpower.com

Here is a YouTube video of this prototype turbine.

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