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Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 6, 2009 @ 10:00 am In Environment,Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 4 Comments

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Traditional three-blade turbines [2] are great if you have lots of space to play with, but the Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine [3] is ideal for high-density [4], low-wind areas. The turbine’s series of small, five bladed fans funnel in wind [5]and accelerate it, thereby cranking up wind speeds to generate more power [6].

At six meters in diameter, the Optiwind’s blades are also significantly shorter than traditional turbine [7]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 [8], hospitals, and hotels [9]. 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 [10]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 [11]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 [12]–unlike most other wind [13] turbine models.

+ Optiwind [3]

Via Build Baby Build [14]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=27010

[2] three-blade turbines: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/02/floating-wind-turbines-in-the-north-sea/

[3] Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine: http://optiwind.com

[4] high-density: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/19/fujimori-tea-house/

[5] wind : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/21/k3-charger-solar-and-wind-power-to-go/

[6] power: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/30/energy-101-what-is-a-smart-grid/

[7] turbine : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/31/greenbird-wind-powered-vehicle-breaks-world-record/

[8] schools: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/09/solar-powered-wembley-student-housing-tower/

[9] hotels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/02/abu-dhabis-spiraling-helix-hotel/

[10] Jellyfish : http://www.clariantechnologies.com/main/page_plugin_wind_power.html

[11] electricity : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/28/chicago-unveils-first-solar-plug-in-charging-station/

[12] isn’t very noisy: http://optiwind.com/faqs.html#q11

[13] wind: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/16/loopwing-wind-powered-toy-car/

[14] Build Baby Build: http://www.buildbabybuild.com/uncategorized/optiwind-compact-wind-accelerating-turbine

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