- Glen Lux
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A large scale vertical axis wind turbine that actually works and will last for centuries.
A multi bladed vertical axis wind turbine supported with cross cables can be built to almost any size. A prototype of this turbine is shown at luxwindpower.com. The cross cables cause a power loss of 8% but the cost of building this turbine is less than 1/2 of modern wind turbines. The National Research Council in Canada has proven the turbine will last for centuries and scalable to very large sizes. A Caltech report released in July of 2011 shows that counter rotating vertical axis wind turbines can extract 10 times more power than horizontal axis wind turbines from a given area of land.
Why are we still building the three bladed horizontal axis wind turbines?