Bladeless Wind Turbine from Solar Aero May Make Everyone Happy - Including Birds and Bats
Great inventions never die, they just might take almost 100 years to be put to use. In 1913, Nikola Tesla received a patent for his steam turbine. Now, alternative energy firm Solar Aero Research has used that idea to develop a bladeless wind turbine that could generate electricity at about 5 cents per kilowatt hour. This is about the same cost of electricity as obtained from coal-fired power plants.
Called the Fuller, the wind turbine does not have blades. Instead, the fully enclosed turbine uses adjustments to air flow to move the turbine much like Tesla’s steam turbine used fluid. It is also quiet and, because it’s bladeless, it is not going to dice any unwary birds and bats. Both benefits are significantly important to environmentalists. The fact that the Fuller Wind Turbine is easy and fairly inexpensive to maintain are of equal importance to the municipalities that would be likely to purchase the machines.
Although still only a relatively small prototype mounted on a trailer, Solar Aero Research believes other models can be built that will be much larger and capable of easily generating 10kW of electricity.
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