[quote=“Icon”]Found this BTW, while looking for something else:
[quote]Forget building better mousetraps. Anthony Magnotta believes he’s come across a better wind turbine - one that’s relatively small, virtually soundless and, depending on the size, produces just enough energy to light up a parking lot.
The vertical-axis wind turbine technology, or VAWT, is already in use internationally, from Quebec to Taiwan, and captures the wind from any direction, standing in appearance like a vertical drill rather than a giant pinwheel, with a vertical rotor shaft surrounded by helix-like blades.
This weekend, Magnotta is meeting in Anaheim, Calif., with the Taiwanese company that produces the VAWTs, with the hope of becoming its Minnesota manufacturer.
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Those are pretty cool. There were a few installed at the Flower Expo site. The real issue with these in-city mini turbines is that half of the time they won’t be spinning at all because there’s no wind. Wind power really only makes sense on the coast or offshore where there’s an almost constant breeze.