The “wind lens” floating wind turbine designed by Japanese researchers at Kyushu University, features a new technology that could significantly boost electricity production in Japan.
Wind Lens floating wind turbines presented at the Yokohama Renewable Energy Exhibition, is a honeycomb-like structure that purportedly triples the amount of wind energy that can be produced by offshore turbines.
The recent development of the “wind lens” wind turbine design by Japanese researchers at Kyushu University addresses some of the limitations of wind turbines and renews hopes of a breakthrough in wind energy generation. It is an inward curving ring which surrounds the turbine’s blades as they rotate, creating a pocket of low pressure in front of the turbine. This has the effect of directing and accelerating the airflow as it enters the blade zone, effectively doubling or even tripling a wind turbine’s power output.