A Wind Turbine With No Blades

Posted on May 22 2015 - 10:36am by gchoe

Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbine

Typically wind turbines are like giant fans that spin in the wind to create electrical energy. This new style of wind turbine, the Vortex Bladeless, is just a vertical pole that captures energy from what is known as vorticity. Huh? Apparently that is the aerodynamic effect that causes spinning vortices or whirlpools of wind. This vertical pole of a wind turbine then uses magnets acting as a nonelectrical motor to capture the energy.

While the Vortex Bladeless is 30% less efficient at capturing energy than the bladed versions they can pack more into a typical wind site. In other words, they can gain about 40% more energy from a given area.

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