Gallery: Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields

 

Traditional three-blade turbines are great if you have lots of space to play with, but the Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine is ideal for high-density, low-wind areas. The turbine’s series of small, five bladed fans funnel in wind and accelerate it, thereby cranking up wind speeds to generate more power.

At six meters in diameter, the Optiwind’s blades are also significantly shorter than traditional turbine blades, which often extend to 80 meters. That means the turbine can be used in areas that don’t have much space to spare, like schools, hospitals, and hotels. Still, potential sites should have 3.5 acres of open land available to comply with local zoning laws

The Optiwind’s design reminds us of the Jellyfish vertical axis wind turbine, but while the 36-inch tall Jellyfish is suited for households, the 200-foot tall Optiwind is meant for bigger structures. Optiwind’s 150 kilowatt model is meant for buildings that use $35,000 of electricity each year, and the 300 kilowatt model works for operations that require $75,000 of energy or more.

NIMBYs may protest that the Optiwind is unsightly and doesn’t belong in high-density areas, but at least the turbine isn’t very noisy–unlike most other wind turbine models.

+ Optiwind

Via Build Baby Build

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4 Comments

  1. Get Real May 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    What on earth is this thing?

    I think we in the wind energy business should make sure that eyesores like this never get built. It gives the whole industry a bad rep.

    No wonder the neighbors are opposed. I love windmills, but would never let them build this near me.

    Time for whoever designed this to get real.

  2. Pan_theFrog May 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    So the reason that Goshen, CT would allow them to build was (1) No one had ever built one before (2) people thought it was ugly and (3) it might lower there property values in some way.

    Using this sytem of thought, we can’t ever invent something new, and a lot of the stuff that is old, lowers property values and/or is ugly.

  3. Not So Fast May 6, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I think you may want to know that Optiwind tried to get one of these windmills (Its first one) built in Goshen, CT.

    They put the residents through six months of agony before the Planning and Zoning Board declined to give them a construction permit. Voting 5 to 0 to deny their application.

    The reason given for the denile was that the design was judged to adversly impact the value of property values and, because none of these has ever been built, it was felt there was no way to assess its impact on the environment.

    Overall the residents thought that this design was inappropriate to their neighborhood, and thought it was extremely ugly and would spoil the viewscape.

    Thought you should be aware of this before you get involved with these guys.

  4. agent_phosgene May 6, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Can it be combined with another NIMBY such as a cell phone tower? Then there would be one tower not two.

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