Most recent edit:
Wednesday October 24, 2012
* See legal note below.
Wind Dam AWES Architecture
There are so many potential AWES architectures that we still have not
finished identifying them all.
The Wind Dam concept has not been well explored. The intent is to
"supercharge" a HAWT by embedding it in a membrane curtain. This allows
both a smaller turbine turning faster and a potential boost in unit-power
to capital-cost. Is supercharging membrane manageable enough and cheaper
than the alternative of ever larger "bare" turbines?
KiteLab Ilwaco has a ~10 W wind dam AWES kite prototype in preparation*
and predicts it will work rather well. Self-lift and furling are features
of the experimental design.
Could the ultimate AWES architecture be vast numbers of small "hi-voltage"
turbines embedded as arrays in large membrane wings?
* Under the KiteLab Group "test everything" ethos, this is no premature
endorsement, just endless active testing.
~Dave Santos 12Jan2012 AWES5360
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