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Donut-Shaped Plastic Improves Turbine Output By 30%

Leviathan Energy has come up with a way to improve wind turbine efficiency that has nothing to do with the cialis buy uk size or angle of the blades. The company's Wind Energizer is instead a donut-shaped structure made of plastic and steel that wraps around the base of the turbine to maximize wind velocity.

The Wind Energizer can be customized to any size turbine. The shape and size of cialis quick the structure depends on the turbines height, blade length, wind direction and strength. Once all those aspects are factored in, Leviathan constructs the Wind Energizer to funnel the wind flow so that the highest velocities hit the buy discount cialis blades.

The initial tests have shown a 20-40 percent increase in output compared to discount cialis without prescription control turbines. At lower wind speeds, the Wind Energizer has an even greater effect, increasing output by as much as 150 percent.

The company estimates that the Wind Energizer pays for itself in about four to five years in increased performance and that maintenance costs will decrease for users as well because the structure balances the wind load on the turbine.

So far the product has only been tested on smaller-scale turbines, so further testing will need to be done to determine the exact results for larger turbines.

via Cleantechnica


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written by glenn, May 01, 2009
Now, if they can just install solar cells on the sun facing side of the donut.
written by PDXCascadian, May 01, 2009
The whole time i was reading this i was thinking of how a few solar panels would make this perfect. Maybe just print the cells on to the plastic you use.
Is it just me or...?
written by Derek Silva, May 01, 2009
Is it just me, or is the size of that thing a little too much? To install such a large base on such a small wind turbine is a little prohibitive in terms of use of space, isn't it?

I mean, it's easy to see how it would help (and the benefits are certainly measurable) but how space do you sacrifice in order to achieve increased output? At some point it must make sense to simply install another turbine instead.

Also, I can see this working on land-based turbines but certainly putting them on sea-based turbines would need some extra engineering.
plastic and steel...
written by Doug, May 02, 2009
OK, great that it improves performance, but it really does mess with the small footprint that turbines usually have. Would it not also work to use the dirt pulled out for the turbine foundation and landscape that into the 'hill'. Saving manufacturing costs, transportation and giving it a much more appealing vista.
written by John Rowell, May 02, 2009
I just really like the title of this article. Somehow it seems kinda funny, like something you'd find in the Onion...but apparently it's true. Interesting stuff.
written by Magnulus, May 02, 2009
I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be a change in how far apart the turbines are spaced, since they already have to be quite far apart to be fully practical. I think the buy discount levitra online point with this thing is that it can be installed on existing wind farms.

That having been said, this seriously compromises the idea that wind farms are one of the more aesthetically pleasing power "stations" out there. The big blue half-a-donut is not very good looking, and hides the ground.
RoofLine ?
written by Reticulogic, May 02, 2009
Seems like you could throw a couple houses around it with the roof lines lined up correctly to get the same effect. Habitat for humanity / eco-power project anyone?
written by Jeneva, May 02, 2009
John Rowell: Is there anything donuts can't do?

Reticulogic: I think the difficulty with using houses as the wind slope is that many people find the vibrations from these turbines intolerable, and there isn't really any research on their long-term effects. Might be able to find some people willing to be the guinea pigs, though.

Doug: I like the idea of viagra official reseller using a soil slope instead of a manufactured collar, especially since it could be covered with native plant species and such.
written by Matt Yacomine, May 03, 2009
Good, but it seems to me only to enhance wind velocity from the look here levitra woman base of the structure... why not have a cone or sleeve all around the turbine blades (like the cones you put on a dogs head to stop it scratching!) to gather and only best offers cheapest generic viagra funnel wind 360 degrees. Maybe make the aperture adjustable to account for varying wind speeds, and operated by the force of the wind, and bob's your uncle.
written by Bob Wallace, May 03, 2009
Housing - modern wind turbines are not very loud, but I don't think anyone would enjoy living right under one. And then there's the 'strobe' effect created by the spinning blades.

The structure - I'm not clear on whether the open area under the donut plays a role in performance. If not, then using an earth berm to help direct the wind would be a low cost and environmentally friendly solution.

It even opens the idea of sculpting the cialis discounted land around turbines to increase performance. Lots of places the general direction of the wind is pretty constant.

Perhaps going out some distance from the tower and creating wind scoops, almost like a series of tapering scallops, might make a significant improvement in performance. Boosting low wind speed performance could be very valuable.

And the land could still be grazed. Cows know how to walk on hillsides....
written by Brian Fox, May 04, 2009
Looking at the left image above does having this structure below the turbine not cause a larger bending force on the blades and therefore adversely affect the life of the turbine? Surely turbulence should be avoided and the aim would be to try to balance the force of the wind across the can viagra be taken by women full rotor diameter?
Stress and Land use
written by Charles, May 04, 2009
I do not think this idea is good at all and i'm pretty certain it will not scale to larger turbines. For larger turbines (>1.5MW) they are almost at their limit for tower stress and I imagine this addition would not only stress the tower in ways it is not design for (angle of incidence and turbulence). Have they taken into account the additional cost of usa generic levitra strengthening and redesigning the towers?

Secondly one of the great things about land based wind farms is that the rest of the land below them is still usable for farming etc.. this is a big reason so many plants are on farms (the farmer gets double revenue on their farm). This design would mitigate most of this benefit I believe.
horse, cattle shelters...
written by steve, May 04, 2009
If you incorporate this into a traditional farm setting could you some how make it so these also functioned as a storm shelter for cattle, sheep, goats?

Less Stress?
written by CNCMike, May 04, 2009
According to the web site it will;

"Likely decreased maintenance costs and longer life span by balancing the velocity load and shearing forces on the turbine."
Why not go multigreen
written by yes, May 05, 2009
Make the donut surface from flexible solar panels and you got some solar if there is no wind.

Interesting strategy to concentrate wind
written by Eli Meyer, May 07, 2009
Attention to the ground profile around a wind turbine isn't anything revolutionary, however it often seems to be often overlooked. Aerodynamically, there isn't much different between this "plastic donut," a roofline, angled solar panels, or a round burm of dirt. It appears that the "plastic dounut" structure shown in the article is used for design and testing purposes. Leviathan Energy's research is about the specifics of the shape.

Several people made comments explaining that you can't mount a wind turbine on a building due to vibration. In my humble opinion (as an aeronautical engineer who has spent the get levitra last 5 years doing building design,) building integrated wind power generation is a GREAT idea. The building must be designed to isolate and only for you viagra now online dampen the vibrations from the turbine. This is only really difficult/expensive when attempting to retrofit a wind turbine on an existing building. Ideally the building shape will direct and accelerate the wind. The biggest challenge is to bring together Architects, Engineers, and people with money to fund such a project.

I am would be happy to discuss this with anyone who might have the resources to fund such a project.
written by froarty, May 10, 2009
seems like overkill - bettter to put inflatables above and below the drive that can be deflated in bad weather but create a venturii effect - taking their idea even further than replace the prop with a horizontal sail carosel like the new sailing technology to better leverage the inflatable contribution
Whole new dimension
written by ronwagn, May 11, 2009
Sounds like we will be looking at hybrids that incorporates baffles, inflatables, solar and maybe blade configurations. Time to start from square one and look for totally new designs. Great creative thinking by this company. Cost must be a big factor though.
Cut the donut in half
written by Tim, May 11, 2009
If you cut the donut in hald so that it aligns with the direction of wind flow then you save money and land. It will also be half the calories of a regular donut.
written by Fred, July 08, 2009
Interesting how the slightest improvement make great impacts
Dark Days Ahead!
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