Overview of the Electrofluid Dynamic Wind-Driven Generator

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R. L. Mitchell

Solar Energy Research Institute, Golden, Colo. 80401

J. Sol. Energy Eng 106(3), 307-311 (Aug 01, 1984) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267600 History: Received March 01, 1983; Online November 11, 2009


The Electrofluid Dynamic wind-driven generator has been investigated under government supported programs since 1975. The concept features the direct conversion of wind energy into electrical power with virtually no moving parts. Research on this concept has resulted in a detailed operational theory of electrofluid systems and a preliminary conceptual design of a full-scale generator. Analysis of the potential of this concept has established a range for the value indicators and an understanding of its optimization potential and uncertainty. A comparison is made between the value indicators for the Electrofluid Dynamic concept and those of several conventional WECS.

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