FD7 - Friction Test on Output Shafts
FD7 - Friction Test on Output Shafts (Close Up)
In 2007, New World Generation purchased a used gearbox driven wind turbine. The unit was rated at 65kW. The Company then retrofitted the gearbox with the newly designed friction drive. In addition, a new control system was designed and installed. The control system included real time data acquisition, which provided evidence of performance. The tower and blades were refurbished.
After one year of operation the data from the original gearbox drive and the data from the new friction drive were compared. The friction drive operated 25% more efficient.
In 2009, New World Generation discovered a company developing a proprietary polyurethane material. The material was tested and out-performed the test equipment. The coated output shafts performed as expected.
65 kW Beta Unit
Clinton, Ontario, Canada
PO Box 484 Station Main
Owen Sound, ON