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Large, horizontal-axis wind turbinesDevelopment of the technology for safe, reliable, environmentally acceptable large wind turbines that have the potential to generate a significant amount of electricity at costs competitive with conventional electric generating systems are presented. In addition, these large wind turbines must be fully compatible with electric utility operations and interface requirements. There are several ongoing large wind system development projects and applied research efforts directed toward meeting the technology requirements for utility applications. Detailed information on these projects is provided. The Mod-O research facility and current applied research effort in aerodynamics, structural dynamics and aeroelasticity, composite and hybrid composite materials, and multiple system interaction are described. A chronology of component research and technology development for large, horizontal axis wind turbines is presented. Wind characteristics, wind turbine economics, and the impact of wind turbines on the environment are reported. The need for continued wind turbine research and technology development is explored. Over 40 references are sited and a bibliography is included.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Linscott, B. S.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Perkins, P.
(Analex Corp.)
Dennett, J. T.
(RDD Consultants, Inc.)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1984
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:83546
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 776-33-41
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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