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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.

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Dr. Erno Lindner, R. Eugene Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award at the University of Memphis.

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