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Novel Wind Turbine Architecture
This is the most interesting wind energy concept that I have come across so far. It looks odd at first, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense: the square-cube law makes many things less efficient, decreases their power to weight ratio, etc., as their volume increases; wind turbines are no different.

It also, brilliantly, allows the creation of solely tensile structures (much more efficient with materials) instead of towers under compressive and tensile loading. Imagine rope-like drive shafts reaching kilometers up into the sky . . .

I should do a rewrite of my Turbine Plants. Flying whirligig vines filling the skies and "kelp" in water would be much more evocative.

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Novel Wind Turbine Architecture - by JohnnyYesterday - 11-03-2013, 07:15 AM
RE: Novel Wind Turbine Architecture - by ai_vin - 11-03-2013, 01:48 PM

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