‘The Jellyfish’ – A micro-wind turbine
Mass production of this amazing wind power generating device is the objective of Inventor Chad Maglaque, who wants to bring a little change to the world. The man from Seattle has invented an affordable version of a micro-wind turbine named the Jellyfish that can create enough wind power to help with the residential elecricity bill..
This amazing little machine is a mere 36 inches tall and can generate approximately 40 kilowatt hours each month.A house equipped with high-efficiency bulbs can easily be lit for a whole month says Maglaque. Micro-wind is nothing new but with a set starting price of only $400, the Jellyfish’s price and simplicity will bring some uproar amongst micro-wind turbine manufacturers..
The Jellyfish Wind Appliance consists of the following parts:
- A vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT)
- A solid-state controller
- A variable-speed induction generator
The variable-speed induction generator is directly connected to an existing wall socket and whenever wind blows, automatically generates power. You can mount the Jellyfish on rooftops, wind towers or most impressively, even onto existing street light poles. Street light poles are usually already pre-wired to the grid and have of course the necessary tower already in place!
In order to reduce the demand for costly transmission infrastructures, the Jellyfish can work in tandem with the existing power grid and can deliver power exactly where it is needed.
If predicted forecasts hold their promise, the Jellyfish can do for the wind power industry what the personal computer did for the IT industry. Although the engineering community likes to think bigger is better, Maglaque said, we should remain open minded about using both big and small turbines to power the renewable energy revolution.
‘This can be done on a small scale as well,’ Maglaque said. ‘Just in the same way as there is both place for personal PC’s and for large industrial computer main frames at the same time.