Laser Beams: A New Solution For Improving Wind Turbine Efficiency

By on November 8th, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008 1:19

The company named Catch the Wind situated in Virginia has discovered a new solution for improving wind turbine efficiency: laser beams.

To adjust to changes in gusts and wind direction, the company’s fiber-optic laser system gives turbines up to 20 extra second. According to the company,  their system can improve turbine output by 10 percent.

On top of wind turbines is mounted the company’s LIDAR (light detecting and ranging) system. In front of the turbine are mounted three invisible laser beams to measure changes in direction and horizontal and vertical wind speeds.

At the Wind Energy Institute of Canada, the IDAR model is currently being tested, and until 2010, Catch the Wind plans to have a commercial model. About the price, i don’t now what to say because the company has not yet made public any announcement.


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