A new design for a bladeless turbine could eliminate the threat of wind farms to wildlife, and speed the adoption of wind power. Bladeless wind turbines are less efficient than conventional wind turbines, but multiple bladeless wind turbines can be installed in the same. Vortex Bladeless Ltd. is a Spanish tech startup that is developing a multi- patented new kind of wind turbine without blades nor gears or shafts. The Vortex’s wind.
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Vortex Bladeless Turbine – Reinventing wind energy!
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We hope you understand, and consider subscribing for unlimited online access. Wind could supply almost 20 percent of the total global energy market byup from 3 percent today. Wind power has become a legitimate source of energy over the past few decades as larger, more efficient turbine designs have produced ever-increasing amounts of power. Transportation is increasingly challenging because of the size of the components: Generators and gearboxes sitting on baldeless towers meters off the ground can weigh more than tons.
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As the weight and height of turbines increase, the materials costs of wider, stronger support towers, as well as the cost of maintaining components housed so far from the ground, are cutting into the efficiency benefits of larger turbines. The alternative energy industry has repeatedly tried to solve these issues to no avail. But the latest entry promises a radically different type of wind turbine: Spanish startup Vortex Bladeless has developed turbines that harness vorticity, the spinning motion of air or other fluids.
When wind passes one of the cylindrical turbines, it bladelews off the downwind side of the cylinder in a spinning whirlpool or vortex. That bladelless then exerts force on the cylinder, causing it to vibrate. The kinetic energy of the oscillating cylinder is converted to electricity through a linear generator similar to those used to harness wave energy.
The bridge collapsed in due to excessive vibrations formed by the spinning motion of wind as it blew past the bridge and turbinr a textbook engineering failure.
The Vortex turbine sounds promising, but like any radical new alternative energy design, bladeless turbines have plenty of skeptics. A conventional wind turbine typically converts 80 to 90 percent of the kinetic energy of its spinning rotor into electricity. As Vortex builds bigger devices that catch higher-speed winds further from the ground, it will also run up against other challenges inherent to the physics of fluid mechanics.
Air or other fluids moving at low speeds past small-diameter cylinders flow in a smooth, constant motion. Increase the diameter of the cylinder and the speed at which the air flows across it, however, and the flow becomes turbulent, producing chaotic eddies or vortices.
The turbulent flow bladeoess the oscillating frequency of the cylinder to vary, making it difficult to optimize for energy production. Oscillating cylinders are just one of several emerging technologies aimed at harvesting more of the wind for less.
It flies in a large circle similar to the tip of a conventional turbine blade while harnessing wind power via smaller onboard turbines. John Dabiri, an aeronautics and bioengineering professor at Caltech, is testing different configurations of vertical axis turbines, which are essentially windmills that spin like a merry-go-round rather than on a horizontal axis like a bicycle wheel.
Typically wind turbines are placed far apart from each other to optimize energy production. Drawing on the same principles that fish use to conserve energy by schooling, Dabiri found that bladeleas placed close to each other could produce more energy than those that are far apart.
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Dabiri says such synergistic effects could also apply to conventional, horizontal axis windmills or even oscillating turbines. The latter pose a greater challenge because the wake of such turbines is bladleess chaotic but also a potential benefit because the wake packs a lot of energy, he says.
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