Dean Kamen, the inventor who is perhaps best known as the inventor of the Segway, has filed a patent for an inflatable vertical-axis wind turbine, which could be rapidly transported to locations where it was needed.
The patent application for this seems to be less about renewable power generation and is focused more on the attached LEDs being used as an animated display system. While it might be usable as a rapidly deployable system for power generation after an emergency, other portable wind-power generators seem more promising to be able to generate enough power to be useful in the aftermath of a disaster. Nonetheless, it is always interesting to see new developments in wind power technology.
hat tip to: Tobias Buckell
written by Tom Bailey, October 14, 2011
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