Electrical and Computer Engineering Team Apply for Patent
Dr. Mohd. Hasan Ali, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering and a U of M Ph.D. student, Md. Maruf Hossain, invented a brand new type
of wind generator system that captures more wind energy and increases the capacity
of one unit generator. The pair has applied for patent number: 61836694.
The wind generator with multiple turbines will change the construction of the contemporary
wind turbine generator system. The system developed by U of M faculty and students
is comprised of a single common shaft construction and utilizes a reduced size blade
radius for each wind turbine. These unique construction related characteristics contribute
to reduced installation costs, maintenance costs and overall need for materials.
The present invention will help implement higher capacity electrical generator systems
in such locations where the average or typical wind speed is below the requisite wind
speed for conventional wind turbines. The wind generator will also allow for the future
growth in the capacity of generators with the availability of higher-rated power electronic
devices. The development team is hopeful that their invention might be a solution
to generate electricity for the places in the earth that are presently considered
as non-potential sites for wind power generation.