Wind Turbine Demonstrated at WKU

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

It's been called one of the most technologically advanced wind energy turbines in existence. On Oct. 30, at WKU's Center for Research and Development, visitors got a glimpse of the turbine.

There's a breezy forecast inside the WKU Center for Research and Development. Winds are blowing seven miles per hour.

The breeze is simulated by over a dozen fans, all causing this new design of a wind turbine to start turning.

"It's not a blade, it's more like a sail. Think of it this way, when the wind blows, you're seen pin wheels, right? It's, in essence, a very, very large pinwheel," explained Buddy Steen, Innovation and Commercialization executive director.

"That spins a gear shaft which spins inside the generator. The process creates electricity," added Amy Kaczynsky, Dynastrosi account manager.

It's a unique design created by Bowling Green's own Dynastrosi laboratories. And this display is intended to show the invention's full potential.

But as long as it's here at Western Kentucky, the turbine is not saving energy.

"We don't have it hooked up to a generator," Kaczynsky said. "We have it here to do studies on the efficiency of the wind turbine."

And it will continue to be studied until design groups and engineers feel the turbine is functioning at it's best.

"This has fantastic potential," Steen concluded. "This could be the world's first economical, non subsidy wind tribune."

Buddy Steen added that the wind turbine is omnidirectional, meaning that if wind comes in any direction, it still spins the turbine.

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