Wind Power For Half The Price? Clarkson Professor Says YesPosted: Updated:
The wind turbine you see in the picture above could soon be powering your home. And you could afford it. The secret is the ring, called a duct, circling the blades.
“The duct acts like a pump and pumps more energy essentially through the rotor...We can get up to two times, even more, the amount of energy you would normally see,” said Ken Visser, Clarkson University associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering.
That could mean electricity at essentially half the price. Cuts in price like that are what made home solar boom. Visser and his student team think this turbine could do the same for renewable energy from wind.
“We want to make the world a better place. That's what we want to do. And one of the ways to do that is to get these wind turbines out there,” said Visser.
To get his product out there, Visser has formed a company, Ducted Turbines International, and he has teamed up with the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson.
“He said he was going to make a wind turbine and make it for lower cost and create just as much power – and he did,” said Ashley Sweeney, Shipley Center for Innovation associate director.
The Shipley Center has aided all kind of companies in bringing ideas to market. It hopes Ducted Turbines International is one of the next.
Projects like this play an important role in educating undergraduates at Clarkson. This one, for example, provides a test bed where they can do real world research and development.
Visser and team are unveiling their ducted wind turbine just in time for Earth Day. They hope you can buy one of your own in just a year or two.