Nº 6 AIRATE WIND TURBINE

  • Nº 6
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    could design remove the
    number one hurdle to wind
    produced energy?

    AIRATE WIND TURBINES
    The genesis of Airate was a project to
    rehabilitate derelict square block lots in
    Manhattan. Aside from green space, the
    challenge became how to have the space
    “give back” to the city. Energy generation
    was an immediate choice, with wind
    energy the preferred route.
    Two problems became apparent. One,
    large scale wind turbines must be set
    against a prevailing wind, causing them to
    operate a peak efficiency 30% of the time.
    Secondly, they are considered unsightly
    and therefore usually consigned to remote
    or offshore locations.
    The solution, Airate. A patented vertical
    wind turbine that accepts wind from any
    direction and whose aesthetic, sculptural
    appeal is welcomed in populated environments.
    The design was nominated for the
    2010 World Technology Summit Awards.