Energy / Climate Change

January 2, 2011


Kogakuin University to Put Wind Power Generator with VAWT into Practical Use

Keywords: Renewable Energy University / Research institute 

JFS/Kogakuin University to Put Wind Power Generator with VAWT into Practical Use
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Kogakuin University announced on September 2, 2010, the start of a university-industry collaborative research project with Kudo Corporation, a construction company in Iwate Prefecture, aiming to put a power generator with a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) into practical use. The project is one of the New Energy Venture Business Technology Innovation Programs in fiscal 2010 promoted by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

The wind turbine to be developed is a straight wing-type turbine with a vertical axis that is less affected by wind direction. While it has a simple structure compared with common propeller-shaped ones, is easily produced, and has advantages with regard to cost and quietness, the largest obstacle to its widespread use is the achievement of practical power generation efficiency.

Kogakuin University has been focusing on and studying the straight winged VAWT (SWVAWT) for more than a decade. It has finally devised a wing with a turbulence enhancing mechanism to improve wing performance and acquired a patent for the SWVAWT generator. Accordingly, the university is now confident that the power generation efficiency with the VAWT is sufficient to cover domestic use.

Meanwhile, Kudo Corp. with a corporate policy "to open the future with renewable energies," had been conducting research into wind power generators since 1997, and has developed and marketed VAWTs. With their combined technologies and experiences, both parties are now aiming to put the VAWT to practical use, and to offer it at an affordable price for town buildings and houses.

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Posted: 2011/01/02 06:00:15 AM