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CWind, a subsidiary of Canada-based New World Generation, has completed testing of the company's new friction drive wind turbine.

Based on data collected from a retrofitted 64 kW turbine, CWind has demonstrated proof of concept for its industry-first friction drive design and has begun working on a utility-scale 2 MW turbine. The company is now seeking strategic partners to take its design to market.

"Our successful field testing proves that the CWIND friction drive turbine can provide reliable power generation on a commercial scale," says Paula Mayor, manager of business development. "Our friction drive technology has the potential to go beyond conventional wind turbine scale-up limitations and offer commercial and cost benefits over all other turbine designs available today."

CWind turbines feature a friction flywheel driving multiple generators, each with independent load paths. A CWind turbine uses small generators to allow a wide range of electrical power production at high efficiency, thereby increasing overall operating efficiency, according to the company. The CWind design also inherently limits the torque transmitted through the drive, enabling absorption of sudden wind gusts.

SOURCE: New World Generation

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