Hawaii Patent of the Month – August 2021

Wind energy is a viable clean energy alternative. As with anything, ithas limitations. The wind turbines are large, loud, and must be positioned relative to the wind to be effective. In some high wind weather conditions, the turbines are positioned to reduce surface area to try and protect them. Natural Power Concepts, Inc. has designed foldable wind turbines that help in these high wind environments, as well as for storage and ease of transportation.

The turbine has a rotatable support, generator, and multiple blades mounted on the support. The blades can be retracted, parallel to the support or deployed to generate power. The blades are connected to a generator, and create electricity as they rotate. Each blade is connected to the support by connecting rods which are positioned on a slidable track ring. When the blades are deployed, the track ring is forward. As they retract, the track ring slides towards the back. The track ring is “locked” in place by weak magnetic locks. In order to deploy the blades, a small current generated by the blade rotation is enough to power more rotation, creating a centrifugal force that pushes the blades out to full deployment. When deployed, they function as any wind turbine might, rotating in response to the wind and generating clean energy.

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