New wind turbine quieter, produces more power downtown

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Somewhat resembling a mangled clutch of giant paperclips, a new wind turbine design has all the downtown lads and lasses talking — and they can be heard above its operation, because it’s (as turbines go) super-quiet. Since it uses vertical instead of horizontal processing, it gets more energy from the kind of wind action characteristic of urban environments, and also runs more quietly. It should produce 3 times (1.2kW) the typical output of urban turbines when it comes out. The inventor, Ben Storan, was given £3000 by the British Standards Institute for his design. [GT]

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