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“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that. I wish I had more years left!” Thomas Edison
Intermittent, Gusty Winds – Think outside the car! and capture some of the aerodynamic turbulence vehicles leave behind, in their wakes.
Every gas-electric hybrid car (for example, the Toyota Prius) and pure electric (Tesla, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt, BYD and LION bus) uses a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). When the cars slow down, they generate electricity to help recharge their batteries. However, this system only works when the car decelerates (slows down). So, if I drive 100 miles on the highway, this charging system may never come on, but if I drive 2 miles to the store, slowing down and stopping 20 times, it will come on 20 times.
In other words, it is highly intermittent, with great variation in speed, power, latency (time not active) and duration (how long it is active each time).
In other words, just like the winds that cover 98% of the surface of the Earth.
Wind turbines are a vital part of any renewable energy plan. They work best in strong, constant winds from one general direction. However, most of Earth’s winds are intermittent and gusty, not constant and strong. Think about the winds where you live.
No one, anywhere in the world, is using intermittent, gusty winds to generate electricity, and really, for any purpose whatsoever. Here are 4 pictures of how to generate electricity from these winds: