TechLink Turbine Generates Power in Low Winds

TechLink Turbine Generates Power in Low Winds
A novel turbine inspired by Venetian blinds can generate power in winds too light for standard wind turbines.

Developed by a team of US Army engineers, the prototype device consists of eight adjustable “elastic tension gradient” strips mounted vertically at the top and bottom to PVC tubes. The strips will wiggle in winds as low as 9 mph, causing a copper induction coil at the bottom of each strip to move along a magnet-filled pipe and create a current.

According to TechLink, the system could be used in the field, and could also be scaled up to bring wind power to communities in low wind areas.

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