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Plugging the Gaps in Wind Power Efficiency

Posted January 20, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Most of the world's wind turbines are three-bladed and typically convert about one percent of available wind energy into electricity. That low figure was the impetus that spurred Kean Wind Turbines to develop a simpler turbine that would convert far more of the usable energy. This article describes a "breakthrough" design that claims to harness 40%-plus of the wind energy (video). The principal idea is to route 100% of the wind into the turbine blades, sharply contrasting with traditional wind turbines whose blades touch only about 5% of the passing wind.


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01/20/2016 1:02 AM

This has all the earmarks of a scam....not buyin' it....

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01/20/2016 7:45 AM

If this managed to survive the exhaustive fact-checking of the Orchard Park Bee's editorial staff, it's gotta be true!

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01/20/2016 9:22 AM

...and actually, the Bee has got to be a more reliable source than Gizmodo.

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01/20/2016 10:27 AM

Wind turbine efficiency is limited by Betz's law which states that the maximum theoretical efficiency is 16/27 or about 59 percent. Modern wind turbines achieve about 75 percent of the Betz maximum.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betz%27s_law

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01/20/2016 11:31 AM

This article really should be taken down. How embarrassing!

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03/20/2016 9:27 PM

The only "true" statement in this article and the referenced website is the efficiency statement of a 40% conversion efficiency which just happens to be true for most commercial wind generation systems regardless of their form factor, the rest is pure BS (Buffalo Stuff).

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