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June 8, 2012

Wind Turbine Technology Reborn in New Zealand

New Zealand engineer Jega Jegatheeson has re-imagined wind turbine technology and his innovation is receiving praise across the globe. I would love to intelligently explain what’s special about Jegatheeson’s work in my own words but I don’t – for a second – understand it. From the article: “Unlike traditional wind turbine gearboxes around the world, GVT technology doesn’t rely on gears and expensive electronics. It instead uses gyroscopic reaction forces to transfer the power from the blades to the generator with less stress on the turbine. This will significantly reduce costs – possibly as much as 50% compared to existing systems.”

What does it mean? Cheaper energy. That’s what all this stuff means.