Turbines with fabric blades to reduce cost of wind power


Despite the ever increasing output and size of wind turbines, there has not been much innovation going on in the field of wind energy. Turbines are still of the same design and build as they were decades ago and researchers over the globe are trying to reduce the cost of renewable energy produced using wind turbines to make it competitive with conventionally generated electricity.

A new proposal from the house of GE could change all that with a technology that can allow it to build wind turbines from architectural fabric instead of cast fiberglass. The benefits are many with the major ones being the ability to build longer blades without worrying much about the risk of a catastrophic failure, reducing the size of the blades and making wind turbines more energy efficient. GE is now applying for a grant to develop the technology further.

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