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Different Wind Turbine

I found this at EcoGeek and found it to be another interesting idea.

FloDesign, a Massachusetts based engineering firm, has designed a new wind turbine
that deviates from the standard windmill in a compelling way. Its main feature is a
stationary piece in front that directs wind into the spinning blades. Overall, the
machine looks more like a jet engine than a wind turbine and it packs quite a punch
as well – a FloDesign turbine can generate as much power as a conventional turbine
twice its size.

FloDeisgn has a long list of reasons why its devices are superior to the status quo.
At the top of that list is efficiency – regular turbines only capture around half
of the energy stored in the wind that hits them. This is because they deflect a lot
of that wind around them. The FloDesign turbine, on the other hand, sucks in that
wind and utilizes much more of its energy. From a practical perspective, the smaller
turbines require less material to build, are easier to install (as one example, the
entire turbine could be packed onto a standard 18 wheeler, as opposed to turbine
blades that require incredibly oversized flatbeds) and take up less land.

They claim that their design also helps solve the NIMBY problem, because people
don’t have to see the huge spinning blades from miles around. I am dubious that
NIMBY participants will adore large, stationary structures that much more than
large, moving structures, but this design does address one often overlooked issue:
when wind turbines are built near workplaces, people often have to endure ceaseless
oscillation of light and shadow, which can drive them nuts. These turbines solve that

Prototypes are scheduled for testing over the next year or so. If all goes well, we
could be seeing wind farms with these things soon afterwards. If these turbines can
be successfully implemented, their significance should not be underestimated. The
land and money needed to build a 1 GW wind farm could be used instead to build a
2-3 GW wind farm. We sometimes think that wind can only work if we build bigger,
bigger bigger. FloDesign argues that, using some clever aerodynamics, we can
squeeze more juice out of smaller, smaller, smaller.

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10 Responses to “Different Wind Turbine”

  1. Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog Says:

    Hi Linda – What a fascinating invention. I like the fact they can squeeze more juice out of a smaller unit.

    Barbara Swafford – Blogging Without A Blogs last blog post..(Not So) NBOTWs – Oldies But Goodies

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Me Too! looks like a more viable option for backyards.

  3. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,
    Wish we didn’t have to wait for looks great, and the size is perfect!

    Barbaras last blog post..Question- To Vaccinate Or Not?

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … They may surprise us and have it out earlier… you never know!

  5. Alex Says:

    I think regular wind turbines look better!

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Alex … I can see why you do. Interesting pics you have!

  7. wilson Says:

    Hmm…, Linda. I was wondering, do you have any ideas about the retail price for this FloDesign’s wind turbine?

    wilsons last blog post..She Has Finally Made It!

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … I do not believe I saw a price anywhere. I could be wrong but when I do, I’ll let ya know.

  9. Caroline Pal Says:

    When it comes to windmills, SIZE MATTERS! This device may give you a little more power but what you really need is a big wind turbine to produce enough energy for the average home.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Caroline Pal … You are right. Slowly but surely, folks are trying to get there. It is taking more time than we are patient for.

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