Salient White Elephant

April 27, 2009

Blimp Supported Linear Turbine

Filed under: Airborne Wind Turbine, Linear Wind Turbine — Tags: , — Salient White Elephant @ 8:40 pm

Blimp Supported Linear Turbine

There’s not much detail in the diagram, and much has been omitted. But I’ve drawn all the mechanisms involved so many times on this blog that I don’t think I’ll draw them again. But let me explain how it works. Heavy cables connect the blimps to the ground and carry the large loads. The symmetrical airfoils travel from the ground to the blimp and then back to the ground again. These airfoils are supported at either ends by moving cables (not shown) that turn a bunch of pulley wheels. The pulley wheels are suspsended from the heavy cables. Power is transmitted from the airfoils through the pulley system to a couple of generators at ground level. Each rail car has one of these generators on top of it.

Alternatively, replace the airfoils in the diagram with relatively small diameter Darrieus or H rotors. Power is still transmitted to the ground mechanically with a pulley system.

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