|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on August 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM|
Saphon, an energy company out of Tunisia, has developed the first wind turbine using ‘Zero Blade’ technology. Inspired by a sailboat, the Saphon ‘Zero Blade’ technology boasts greater efficiency than current three blade turbines, and are available at 45% less cost.
Saphon’s ‘Zero Blade’ technology’s main difference from the three blade turbines commonly found today (besides the fact that it has no blades), is the way energy is stored once captured. Current wind turbines retain 30-40% of the wind energy they generate. Saphon’s ‘Zero Blade’ turbines capture kinetic energy via a hydraulic accumulator, and convert the energy directly into electricity. This allows the new bladeless turbines to capture energy at 2.3 times the efficiency of current three blade turbines.
Saphon is now looking for manufacturing partners to bring their new technology to the market and expect to be shipping units everywhere within 18-24 months.