There are several documents floating about on the web that analyse the current state of Wind Turbines and if you can be bothered to read them (or if it’s your job) then you’ll find that; Operation and Maintenance cost and storage of excess power generated are top of the list of issues that need to be resolved before Wind matches the cost per KW generated against conventional methods. If the data found here is anything to go by, Wind Turbines are dropping like Flies (Revenge for all the Birds they’ve killed) and costing their owners millions.
One of the ideas suggested to solve the problem of storage is by PROFESSOR SEAMUS GARVEY. A quick google search of his name would give you details about the Nottingham University Academician and his 8-blade solution that stores air in windbags on the seabed.
A search on the UKERC Research register shows he was awarded £205,464 for a research that lasted 36 months that might or might not be related. Several pages report he has been awarded £280,000 by EON for prototypes.
I do wonder though, if an increase in the number of blades from 3 to 8 will not exponentially increase maintenance costs considering the Airbags would now also contribute to this. The blades on a conventional 3 bladed Turbine at the moment are still too expensive.
Would the solution be simply aiming to reduce the number of parts as in a DYSON BLADELESS FAN as already discussed here.
Would professor Garvey prove himself to be the genius he has declared himself to be in one of his videos or would this idea be as unpopular as the vertical axis Turbines in the long run?