GE’s Next Generation Wind Turbine

GE is designing a new wind turbine that promises to capture more wind power and generate more electricity than conventional wind turbines.

GE is designing a new gearless wind turbine which has extremely long blades to generate more electricity and a simplified drivetrains that reduces the need for expensive repairs. The blades have been designed aerodynamically and attach to a drivetrain which has a direct-drive mechanism instead of a gearbox which is prone to frequent breakdowns and energy loss. While the turbine is in a testing stage, the company claims that the machine should be able to capture 25 percent more wind power than conventional turbines, enabling it to operate at its maximum power of 4 Megawatts more frequently.

[via Popsci]

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