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No Stinkin' Gearboxes- Tri-Tether as Power Up/Down Converter

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  • dave santos
    Cooperative IP Disclosure   A Tri-Tether is rigged such that two legs, A & B, are set out almost in-line. The third leg, C, runs out orthogonal to AB.
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 25, 2009
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      A Tri-Tether is rigged such that two legs, A & B, are set out almost in-line. The third leg, C, runs out orthogonal to AB. Tensioning between AB pulls on C at a higher speed with longer travel, effectively performing the function of an amplifier, transformer, or gearbox.
       
      Gearboxes have always been an expensive & vulnerable part of power mechanics. Improved HAWTs are converging on gearless designs with large annular diameter generators that generate usefully at low rpm. John Borsheim of ATEC & KLD, partners with KiteLab in Austin, are leaders in this movement.
       
      The Tri-Tether Power Converter helps bridge the gap between slow cheap kite power & gearless generation velocities. Its minimal rigid structure is the ground itself; small anchors & pulleys are the only hardware required. It runs both ways & can be cascaded, is vastly cheaper & lighter than gearboxes & so is inherently flyable or could be nicely strung over valleys or off structures.
       
      KRKR

    • lgroner
      http://www.ideaconnection.com/innovation-videos/104-the-windulum.html Interest concept. Not much detail or quantification. Lou Groner
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 25, 2009
        http://www.ideaconnection.com/innovation-videos/104-the-windulum.html

        Interest concept. Not much detail or quantification.

        Lou Groner
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