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WHY WE BELIEVE IN THE VERTICAL-AXIS WIND TURBINE (VAWT)
With energy prices spiraling out of control, many businesses are searching for ways to reduce and control energy costs. It is a trend that is also fostering a great deal of interest in renewable-energy options. Wind power is the fastest growing alternative energy segment. It provides an attractive cost structure relative to other alternative energy and distributed generation solutions, such as cogeneration and solar power.The wind power market has been dominated by large horizontal wind turbines. They have the traditional blade design that looks like a giant fan clustered mostly on "wind farms" located in rural areas. These large systems seriously compromise the ability of many companies to take advantage of wind power right at their building or plant. This is due to the economics of horizontal wind turbines that favor large units, multiple-megawatt installations and current technology dynamics. However, new technology has come on line that breaks this mold - the vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT). It addresses a number of the technology's known shortcomings, such as noise pollution, minimum blade speed threshold, bird endangerment and space limitation, while enhancing its advantages.
The vertical-axis design is a compact turbine design that can be sited on location without being intrusive and has been designed to be integrated directly into existing buildings. This size advantage allows structures as small as an office building or as large as a hospital for onsite installation.
Economically, onsite installations dramatically improve the return on investment of wind power, not to mention the rebates now in the offering. Power generated offsite, such as at wind farms, is still subject to transmission and distribution charges. Conversely, onsite solutions take a portion of the organizational power requirements "off the grid."
A traditional horizontal blade design turbine of similar size requires a greater level of wind speed to generate power. The vertical axis turbines provide omni-directional wind collection. The torque produced allows it to make power while turning at slower blade speeds.
It only takes a 5 mph wind to turn the blade. One benefit of this feature is obvious: It can work at locations with lower average wind speeds. Therefore, the geographic option for using wind energy is greatly expanded; a company may not need to be located on a hilltop or in coastal locations to reap the benefits. Plus, it reduces wind direction limitations, because it can collect wind power on a 360-degree basis. Horizontal blade technology must spend time and energy turning into the wind when the wind changes direction.
The slower blade tip speed has environmental improvements as well. First, it is very quiet when operating. Unlike traditional wind turbines, the vertical axis turbine has the blades connected at both ends, and the blades do not swing by the tower and create noise. Also, with no high-speed wing tips exposed, the vertical axis turbine has a relatively low impact on bird populations.
OIL RIGS AND OFF-SHORE PLATFORMS
With an inexhaustible supply of wind, the Windcharger Energy VAWT system will produce a continuous supply of energy. It can allow for auxiliary and emergency power needs in addition to maintaining daily functions.
Ships create an optimum use for our system. Ships power through the air, thus creating an infinite supply of wind. Our systems can be mounted throughout the superstructure to produce continuous supplementary energy to offset fuel consumption or for emergency use. Various candidates include tankers, cruise ships, cargo ships and military vessels.
All sizes of islands are extremely dependent upon fuel feed generators. Our system is ideal for remote uses and can withstand various conditions.
Using a VAWT system can supplement the need for fuel generators.
Potential uses include:
Small VAWT systems can be attached to any ground structural building.
End-of-the-line VAWT system is a micro power station attached to a number of homes and to the power grid.
Commercial buildings provide an ideal opportunity for using Windcharger Energy's VAWT system. There are literally thousands of high-rise buildings located on every continent. The high-rise structures are unique in that their presence creates an artificial upward draft along their face during the day and wind blows across their top at night.
COMMUNICATION TOWERS - FCC
Various towers have special requirements to provide 24/7 365 days per year illumination (FAA Aircraft). These towers require fuel and generators to operate. These systems can easily be installed on any tower. Examples of uses include cellular carriers, state and local fire, police and emergency towers.
TALL BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES
Bridges present a unique opportunity to convert wind energy into electricity. They have requirements to maintain electricity for use as navigational lights, water and air traffic. Because of their hardened design, high output and small size, our VAWT systems can be mounted on any infrastructure.
OFF - SHORE - HYDRO
Very large systems can be placed off-shore along a coastal environment to catch on-shore and off-shore wind. The hydro VAWT system can be used to take advantage of tidal flows in the ocean, streams and rivers.
ELECTRIC HYBRID AUTOMOBILES
We have a concept design in which our VAWT System would enable a charging system to be incorporated into any electric car.
These hybrid automobiles rely solely on an electric motor rather than a gasoline engine. Together with a controller, technically known as electrochemical energy conversion device, they can get their power from an array of rechargeable batteries.
We will only apply our design to a battery that has all of its chemicals stored inside and converts those chemicals to electricity. Fuel cells are cost prohibitive at the moment and require constant maintenance, so they are unsuitable. We have taken a look at the various batteries out there. It all comes down to cost per kilowatt. We see that the self-contained battery will be around for many years to come. This will give us a great advantage into the market area for our turbine system.
Our innovative technologies will allow various charging systems to be mounted throughout a hybrid design. Our VAWT System will extend the mileage driven and save on recharging per kilowatt.
The electric car is a prime candidate to be improved by making it self-charging. Any time the car moves and at any speed, it will be recharging itself. This is true day and night, thus, eliminating much of the depletion of charged batteries. This will translate into extended mileage and less recharging from external sources.
We know that the future is already here. We must act now and adapt to all of its demands. With the world depleting energy in record amounts, we must use what is at hand. Wind energy can be harnessed and converted into electricity in ways most have never dreamed. Windcharger Energy VAWT Systems will work in harmony with other concepts already in play.