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10 MW And Beyond: Are Superconductors The Future Of Wind Energy?

Friday, August 7, 2009

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10 MW And Beyond: Are Superconductors The Future Of Wind Energy?

The demand for electricity generated by wind turbines grows each year, with legions of engineers working frantically to implement new technology.  In this article we will look at the “bleeding edge” of generator design: the emerging use of superconducting materials to produce direct drive generators that are in theory capable of generating 10 MW of […]

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How Does The Use Of Permanent Magnets Make Wind Turbines More Reliable?

Monday, August 3, 2009

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How Does The Use Of Permanent Magnets Make Wind Turbines More Reliable?

For all of its soaring elegance, it is easy to forget just how complex a machine the modern-day commercial-scale wind turbine really is.  In this article I will focus on the massive, highly engineered electromechanical system sitting at the top of every wind turbine tower.  We’ll explore how the use of permanent magnets in the […]

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Why Are Wind Turbines Getting Bigger?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

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Why Are Wind Turbines Getting Bigger?

No-one following the growth of the wind turbine industry over the last two decades will have failed to have noticed the trend towards larger and taller turbines.   While this might seem to just be the natural order of things [after all, “bigger is better”, right?] – it might be a useful exercise to pause […]

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The Growing Role of Permanent Magnets in Renewable Energy Production and Environmental Protection

Saturday, August 1, 2009

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The Growing Role of Permanent Magnets in Renewable Energy Production and Environmental Protection

At the Magnetics 2008 Conference in Denver, I presented a paper titled “Going Green: The Growing Role of Permanent Magnets in Renewable Energy Production and Environmental Protection“.  Earlier today I finally uploaded a copy of the presentation to the Web, which you can now find here. The presentation covered a range of related topics, starting […]

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