When the Rat isn’t making iPhone games or indulging his inner sarcasm, he’s working on this Experimental Wind Turbine design. A drag-based variable geometry configuration that is optimized for low-average wind speed applications. The patent was just issued in 2010, so we can finally disclose the details of how it works.
Ultra-high efficiency for power generation at low wind speeds
Slow RPM speed
Now I just need $45,000 to build a full-size unit and begin collecting field data.
With any luck, some remarkably clever soul will see the brilliance in this and help me make this a reality.
Why the odd name? The basic operating principle is similar to a sculling oar. Only the medium is air. Hence: WindSkull.
I debated the homophone here, but after not finding a scull icon as cool as this, I think I am ok with the incongruity.
Go here for the full patent details. I’ll publish the human-readable powerpoint file soon.