DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENATION OF A LEVITATED VERTICAL AXIS WIND TURBINE

ABSTRACT

This work presents the development and implementation of a levitated vertical axis wind turbine (LVAWT) whose aim is for power generation. With the utilization of the repulsive forces present in permanent magnetic, the vertically placed vanes of the wind turbine would be levitated resulting in less frictional losses due to contact of shaft with surface of frictionless bearings therefore reducing losses and increasing efficiency. After the blades are set in perfect rotating condition, a shaft which is connected through its normal axes would be geared for increased speed and then connected to an alternator. The main important of gearing is that though the turbine may be constructed to run at certain maximum speed so as to increase the life span of the turbine, the gear in an increased ratio would help to increase the rotating speed of the alternator therefore increasing output. With the implementation of the turbine system, power would be generated at the cost of wind in motion which could be used in homes and even commercial regions.

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