Wind Turbine with no External Rotor Blades

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Carsten Hein Westergaard
Dr. Westergaard has worked in the international wind turbine field for almost twenty years, and comes from Houston where he is President/Owner of NextraTEC, Inc., a consulting company to renewable energy companies and suppliers. He earned his Ph.D. from the Danish Technical University with a thesis on optical computing and laser-based turbulent flow measurements. He has served in a wide variety of management roles, including technology, sales and marketing, working for LM Wind Power, Dantec Dynamics, Force Technology and Vestas Wind Systems in Denmark and Houston. Additionally, he performed numerous merit reviews for the U.S. Department of Energy and has been an expert witness in a $100M legal case. During his industrial career, he has published more than 50 publications and has more than 20 patents (published and pending). Dr. Westergaard has served in numerous advisory board positions and chaired international reviews of large multi-year government research programs in several countries.
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Provisional Patent Application Filed

The inventor has designed a fluid flow energy extraction system that requires no external rotor blades. The fundamental principle of the invention is to maximize the generation of high pressure potential in a passive structure. This is done through the design of a self-amplifying aerodynamic system consisting of two or more airfoils.  The inventor has developed several embodiments for this concept.


Market Applications:

• Wind Energy Systems

• Tidal Energy Systems


Features, Benefits & Advantages:

The placement of paired airfoils that take advantage of the acting aerodynamic pressures to produce a self-amplifying aerodynamic system.  The system can be implemented in wind energy extraction devices removing the need for the external rotor blades traditionally associated with wind turbines.

• No exterior moving parts in the wind energy system

• Reduces noise pollution in wind turbine systems

• Minimal environmental threat to wildlife

• Minimal building vibrations

• Can be more aesthetically integrated into buildings


Development Stage:

The initial design has been created but it has not been built and tested.