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Submission + - Saphonian Bladeless Wind Turbine Boasts Impressive Efficiency, Low Cost-> 1

Zothecula writes: Tunisian green energy startup Saphon Energy has created a new bladeless wind turbine which draws inspiration from the design of a ship’s sails, and promises to convert the kinetic energy of the wind into electricity at up to double the efficiency – and half the cost – of a typical wind turbine.
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Saphonian Bladeless Wind Turbine Boasts Impressive Efficiency, Low Cost

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  • by Kupfernigk (1190345) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @10:52AM (#41918309)
    The wheel drives a cam which actuates multiple cylinders. This eliminates the gearbox because a hydraulic system can provide gearing simply by the ratio of volumes of the driving and driven cylinders. I guess that the issue is going to be supporting the thrust against the wheel, because it is pressure driven rather than depending on wind kinetic energy.

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