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Design Characteristics of the 224 kW Magdalen Islands VAWTThe evolution of the main design features of the Magdalen Islands vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) is described. The turbine has a rotor height of 120 ft (36.58 m) and diameter 80 ft (24.38 m). It was operated as a joint project between NRC and Hydro-Quebec in grid-coupled mode from July 1977 to July 1978 when the rotor was destroyed in an accident. The accident, although unfortunate, tested the basic integrity of the design in a gross overspeed condition, and the rotor is being rebuilt with minor modifications. Some directions for future VAWT research are suggested.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Templin, R. J.
(National Research Council of Canada Ottawa Ontario, Canada)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1979
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lewis Res. Center Large Wind Turbine Design Characteristics and R and D Requirements
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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