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Vertical axis wind turbines

United States Patent

March 8, 2011
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A vertical axis wind turbine is described. The wind turbine can include a top ring, a middle ring and a lower ring, wherein a plurality of vertical airfoils are disposed between the rings. For example, three vertical airfoils can be attached between the upper ring and the middle ring. In addition, three more vertical airfoils can be attached between the lower ring and the middle ring. When wind contacts the vertically arranged airfoils the rings begin to spin. By connecting the rings to a center pole which spins an alternator, electricity can be generated from wind.
Krivcov; Vladimir (Miass, RU), Krivospitski; Vladimir (Miass, RU), Maksimov; Vasili (Miass, RU), Halstead; Richard (Rohnert Park, CA), Grahov; Jurij (Miass, RU)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 937,370
November 8, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED R&D This invention was made with government support under USIC CRADA BG 02-182(00) and under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.