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Massive Energy-Generating Wind Tower Proposed for Japan

Posted By Andrew Michler On May 22, 2011 @ 1:34 pm In Environment,Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 8 Comments

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When considering wind power [1] as an energy source, it’s best to think big [2]. Japan-based ZENA Systems [3] is working on developing a new type of wind energy generator that will dwarf anything before it. The 50 meter-tall hexagonal building essentially acts as a huge scoop that compresses wind from all directions and then runs the rushing air through a series of ground-based generators. The ambitious project is the first of its kind, and it includes a desalination plant [4], on-site energy storage, and a visitors center. Details are sketchy on the viability of the design, but if it works out this wind concept could someday reach high into the sky to power our grid.

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The company explains the operation as a three-point compression technique that takes wind from any direction and compresses and accelerates it through a wind tunnel in the middle of the hexagonal tower [5]. The air flows downward to a series of turbines, which convert the wind’s energy to electricity. The company claims that the system is not constrained by the Betz limit value theory [6], which states that the maximum theoretical harvestable energy from the wind is 59.3 percent.

To stir the industry [1] up even more, the design calls for on-site energy storage, which ZENA explains on their website: “The E.A.S. is a new energy storage system used to stock the energy generated by the Wind Tower system. This system uses vanadium concentrated solution diluted with nano water [7] and pure water.” They have picked a location in Kurume, Fukuoka, [8] Japan for the massive project.

+ ZENA Systems [3]

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[1] wind power: http://inhabitat.com/category/energy/wind/

[2] think big: http://www.inhabitat.com/spain-to-build-worlds-largest-wind-turbine/

[3] ZENA Systems: http://www.zenasystem.co.jp/en/

[4] desalination plant: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=desalination

[5] hexagonal tower: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/01/Wind-Tower-Zena-1.jpg

[6] Betz limit value theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betz

[7] nano water: http://science.discovery.com/videos/brink-package-nano-water.html

[8] Kurume, Fukuoka,: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurume,_Fukuoka

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