|Windmills as presently
designed are expensive to build & maintain, unable to operate in high winds,
environmentally offensive (noisy, too tall, etc).
|In 1975 R Buckminster Fuller
suggested a design that would seem to solve all of the above problems.
|A wind turbine could be
enclosed inside a geodesic dome.
|A ventilator mounted near the
top of the dome would cause part or all of it to rotate as the wind direction changed.
|The low pressure area near the
exit of the ventilator would draw air in from the bottom of the dome & out through the
top, thereby turning the turbine blades & shaft attached to the generator.
|A flywheel would regulate
fluctuations in wind speed.
|This wind machine could be
operated in significantly higher wind speeds without being shut down.
|Capital and operating costs
would be much lower because all heavy components would be on the ground and protected by
|Any noise would be contained
inside the dome, and it's height would be a fraction of conventional towers.
|This breakthrough concept
needs to be thoroughly checked out by competent authorities & either proven or not.
|If true, it could give a
dramatic economic boost to a major segment of the alternative energy industry.