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Published by The Editors | Filed under wind power

Majid Rashidi, a mechanical engineer, has devised a way to increase wind turbine efficiency by putting them on water towers mounted on top of city buildings. His tests show that wind turbines mounted on a water tower generate 4 times as much power as those just mounted on a mast. This is due to a concentrator effect and other complicated fluid dynamics formulas that we won’t get into. Four turbines generated enough power for about 6 families. These would be great for all those old industrial buildings that have been converted into condos.

Resources: BusinessWeek - Water Towers to Catch the Wind

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