Vaneless ion wind generator

Vaneless ion wind generator

A vaneless ion wind generator is a proposed device that produces electrical energy directly by using the wind to pump an electric charge from one electrode to another. It is a type of wind power, although wind energy is usually extracted to make electricity by means of a wind turbine.

Advantages of such a system over wind turbines include lack of bird deaths,Fact|date=March 2008 vibrational noise, and moving shadows.

One design uses water sprayed from a nozzle facing a toroidal charged electrode. This induces an opposite charge in the water and when the water flows out of the nozzle, each drop carries a small amount of charge. These water droplets are then blown by the wind, going through the center of the charged toroid without touching it. The droplets then hit a fine mesh, adding to its charge.

The other alternative is to use the Earth as the second electrode. The main advantage of this system is that it has no moving parts except the water droplets. The disadvantages are that it needs a constant supply of water, its wind profile can't be reduced, it requires many small parts, and it has to be well-crafted to reduce corona discharge losses. The device would produce direct current, which would need to be inverted to apply to a standard AC power grid.

Lord Kelvin created a similar device that used the energy of "falling" water droplets to generate high voltage, called "Kelvin's Thunderstorm".


*: Charged aerosol generator with uni-electrode source (Alvin Marks)
*: Charged aerosol wind/electric power generator with solar and/or gravitational regeneration (Alvin Marks)

See also

* Electrohydrodynamics
* MHD generator

External links

* [ Collection of information about Marks' invention] including 1967 Popular Mechanics article
* [ Lord Kelvin's Thunderstorm]
* [ Lord Kelvin's water-drop electrostatic generator]

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