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“Wind Lens” Turbines Could Boost Energy Generation 3X
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On August 2, 2010 @ 7:20 pm In Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 25 Comments
Forget about traditional tri-blade wind turbines  — the ultra-efficient turbine of the future  might look completely different if Kyushu University professor Yuji Ohya has anything to say about it. Ohya and his team recently unveiled the Wind Lens, a honeycomb-like structure that purportedly triples the amount of wind energy that can be produced by offshore turbines.
The Wind Lens was unveiled at this month’s Yokohama Renewable Energy International Exhibition 2010.  The structure works similarly to a magnifying glass that intensifies light from the sun — except in this case, the lens intensifies wind flow. Ohya’s design doesn’t have too many moving parts — just a hoop (AKA a brimmed diffuser) that “magnifies” wind  power, and a turbine  that is rotated by wind captured from the hoop. Each Lens, which measures 112 meters in diameter, can provide enough energy for an average household.
+ Wind Lens Turbine 
Via CNNGo 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/windlens-ed01.jpg
 wind turbines: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/20/first-skyscraper-with-built-in-wind-turbines-opens-in-london/
 turbine of the future: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/07/26/supermassive-aerogenerator-turbine-is-3x-more-powerful/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/windlens-ed02.jpg
 Yokohama Renewable Energy International Exhibition 2010.: http://www.renewableenergy.jp/english/index.html
 wind: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/05/turbine-light-powers-highway-lights-with-wind/&sa=X&ei=kSBXTMzlMpWnsQa63KXiAQ&ved=0CBsQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNEw1UmNNhLwN539zSSN5Vkri-M1_A
 turbine: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/30/wind-powered-vehicle-travels-faster-than-the-wind/&sa=X&ei=kSBXTMzlMpWnsQa63KXiAQ&ved=0CBwQzgQoATAA&usg=AFQjCNE0X9rynVfILymzfG_9n7b0MirTeg
 alternative: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/29/wind-powered-winner-of-the-piraeus-tower-redesign-competition/
 turbines: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/06/ultra-efficient-bladeless-wind-turbine-inspired-by-nikolai-tesla/
 + Wind Lens Turbine: http://www.riam.kyushu-u.ac.jp/windeng/windlense/English.htm
 CNNGo: http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/life/wind-lens-floating-farms-could-triple-electricity-production-877035
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