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Ring of Flip-wings (RoFW)
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The following won't be
a winner in utility-scale electricity production. Launching and landing
could be a huge mess. During operation the aggregate forming a macro ring
could get into catastrophic self-mangling in some loose arrangements; some
mitigation against self-mangling would come from having sturdy ring on
which are flip-wings. Niche applications are expected.
Special ring, a type of coterie in one format, needing lifting when not towered or terrain lifted:
Have a special ring arrangement where the ring is made up of elemental flip-wing kites tethered to a central point for macro tethering which would be held by a lifter system (energy kite system or tower or tree or pole or mountain, etc.) Swiveling connectors make up the connection of one elemental flip-wing to the next around the ring. Macro rotation of the ring would be incidental and not the source of electrical generation; but each flip-wing VAWT might have its own electric generator. Each elemental flip wing in the ring drives away from the ring's center. HTA or neutral buoyancy or LTA versions are included in the family of rings of flip wings. Think of bols that are segmented, but the segments are fully rotating flip wings in contrast to static bol experience (notwithstanding that bols may have macro rotation about their centers). Segment wings are rotating from the donut hole upwind and to the exterior macro perimeter where the segment wing outside edge is then driven downwind. The "ring" is really polygonal with sides of the polygon being rotating shafts for the elemental flip wings. Many variations of mounting various shapes of flip wings on a base circular ring are possible; many different power takeoff (PTO) means are possible. PTO could focus on sound or heat or light or electricity or a combination of energy formats; even direct drive of the macro holding shaft option could be mined with one or two or three PTO stations on the ring.
Included in the family RoFW would be a full circular rotating ribbon circular wing, if someone could manage a materialization of such.
Included in the famil of RoFW:
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