Redeployment of “Wind Powered” Generators

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that wind-powered generation is a practical failure; failing miserably to deliver electricity when needed. This invention makes use of the existing wind-generator structure and infrastructure connection to provide electricity generation when the wind doesn’t.

The invention is to install one or more pulse-jet engine near the tip of each wing in order to rotate the machine and generate electricity when there is no wind, but a demand for electricity. Pulse jet engines are very simple machines with few moving parts and run on a variety of fuels.

As wind strength drops, the normal wing action is feathered and fuel supply to the engines opened along with an ignition source. The flow of air through the engine is sufficient to start the pulse-jet engine.

Many wind generators already have access to a source of combustible fuel; usually gas, which is used to keep the mechanical equipment (generator, hydraulic pumps, gearboxes and control gear)  inside the nacelle from freezing.  There is also the ability to drive the rotor using grid power; necessary to prevent bearings and shafts from being damaged when there is no wind to turn the machine.

Some may argue that this is a hare-brained, ill-conceived invention. But what of the wind generators by themselves?

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5 thoughts on “Redeployment of “Wind Powered” Generators

  1. You are mistaken with this idea. The stresses on these blades are calculated carefully before manufacture, and the addition of weighty parts, such as you have suggested, would destroy the apparatus, the very first time it was started. The forces are considerable, and explosive disintegration is inevitable. Additionally, this does not solve the issue of the unsightly appearance, and the noise created by these structures, nor does this plan negate the damage that these machines cause to wildlife, and may even exacerbate those problems.

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    • Oh, c’mon! Chug another mug of coffee, willya! By the way, continuing in the literal vein of your original reply, you clearly overlook the fact that by attaching said engines and destroying the blades one mitigates all of the objectional elements described in your final sentance. With the possible exception of the main pylon; but careful configuration of the engines might apply sufficient torsional stress… 😉

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