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Untitled-1-copy-712904Coming to a Rooftop Near You: Maglev Wind Turbines

Vertical wind turbines put pressure on bearings, but one company, Enviro Energies, has a better idea: maglev or magnetic levitation of the turbine so that it will turn, not on bearings that need lubrication and servicing, but on a virtually frictionless force field of magnetism. In addition, Enviro sees its new vertical turbine as suitable for city rooftops, as its design takes even light wind currents from any direction and converts them to usable electrical power. See a Discovery Channel denmonstration of how the turbines work. Then jump over to their products page for more information and pricing.

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  1. psyche Says:

    I looked for an explanation of the magnetic reduction of friction on the website but couldn’t find it 🙁 I was windering if it was passive or electrically generated… the magnetic field that is.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi psyche … Magnetic reduction of friction means no moving mechanical parts are physically touching other mechanical parts. Which eliminates friction because the parts are “levitated” away from each other via the magnetic field created by strategically placed magnets.

    Now add to this scenario, the fact that a magnet passing thru a copper coil will produce an electrical charge. So if you place a series of copper coils around the stationary perimeter base of a wind turbine’s rotor shaft, which has magnets attached around it, as the wind blows the rotor magnets move past the copper coils… creating electrical power. I think! LOL!

  3. Barbara Says:

    Looks like another very good idea. I didn’t look at the affordability factor though. The design is great.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … That is the problem at the moment. I believe it is a little pricey but hopefully they will find a way to price it for the masses.

    Hi Brad …. Always something new to look at. Maybe you would be interested in doing this one? It would certainly help ya out! 🙂

  5. Brad Says:

    Hey Linda!

    Wow! This looks like a fabulous idea. I love the entrepreneurial and inventive work being done here. Get’s my juices going!

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  6. corrin Says:

    What a great idea…and the design is really fabulous, too!
    .-= corrin´s last blog ..The Runaways =-.

  7. Linda Says:

    hI corrin … It is and should be coming out soon…

  8. psyche Says:

    It would have to be an actively, electrically produced magnetic field, with incoming electricity from a stable source, not the turbine. That was why I wanted to see more specs. What would power the turbine?

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Psyche,
    First there are permanent magnets that replace the conventional bearings and nearly eliminate friction by “floating” the blades above the base. Secondly, there are a number of magnets and coils used in their axial flux alternator for generating electricity.

    I could not find further specs other than what they give on their product page linked in the post. However I did find the patent application that should give you all the data you’re looking for.

    http://www.google.com/patents?id=luCfAAAAEBAJ&pg=PA2&dq=7303369&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q=&f=false

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