21 Sep '12, 7pm

Direct Drive Wind Turbine Design Could Transform Offshore Wind

Direct Drive Wind Turbine Design Could Transform Offshore Wind

© Keuka Instead of harvesting the power of the wind at the hub of the turbine, a new design features a direct-drive generator powered by the outside rim of the turbine, and has potential for large-scale offshore wind power installations, says the inventor. The Keuka Rim Drive turbine looks like a cross between a bicycle wheel and a pinwheel, and the company behind it believes that it can transform the offshore industry with its unique design. Keuka recently completed and launched the first U.S. manufactured Offshore Wind Farm Vessel , a 100KW prototype, and are currently working on their 12.5MW model, scheduled for completion by January 2013. © Keuka Herbert Williams, of Keuka Energy , believes his machines can solve a few of the issues that wind power currently faces, namely scalability and costs. According to Williams, "They [conventional wind turbines] are too small and...

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