Hybrid Wind Turbines Can Generate Power Even When the Wind Isn't Blowing

August 27, 2010 | 15:08
Hybrid Wind Turbines Can Generate Power Even When the Wind Isn't Blowing
Hybrid Wind Turbines Can Generate Power Even When the Wind Isn't Blowing
A Colorado company is introducing a system that will allow wind turbines to generate power even when the wind is not blowing. The SmartGen hybrid gas-wind turbine enables wind turbines to produce energy at periods of low wind, by turning the turbine with compressed air generated at the base of the tower from a turbo-compressor that is run on natural gas or biogas.

Even more importantly, the SmartGen system can be retrofitted into existing wind turbines, allowing existing facilities to increase their performance. This is likely to be particularly compelling for installations seeking to extend their production while remaining free of fossil fuels. In areas where biogas production is also available nearby, a wind power facility that is generating renewable energy credits could likely also produce power from biogas in this manner as another form of renewable power and thereby remain 100% renewable energy based.

Read the complete article written by Philip Proefrock at EcoGeek
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