Mass Megawatts to offer wind augmentation system for turbines
Oct 1, 2012 - US wind power technology firm Mass Megawatts Wind Power Inc (OTC:MMMW) said Friday its newly-developed wind augmentation system would be available as an aftermarket addition to upgrade wind turbines.
The system is based on a simple and inexpensive technique to focus and increase the speed of the wind directed towards the turbine by an average of 70%.
This would eliminate the need for turbine towers to be higher than 80 feet (24 m) in order to reach heights with adequate wind velocity. The technology would also enable the profitable operation of turbines even in lower wind-speed locations.
The company estimates that the use of horizontal turbine blades would reduce the cost per rated kilowatt to below USD 1,000 (EUR 778) and close to USD 600 upon the launch of mass production, compared with USD 1,500 to USD 2,000 per rated kilowatt in traditional wind turbines.