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Composite Power Corporation Announces Innovative Frictionless Wind Generator

14 June 2001


Composite Power Corporation recently unveiled a design for a new type of generator that operates without friction to generate electricity from wind power.

Although details of the design are unavailable, company officials indicated that a major utility has reviewed the concept and is considering funding a grid scale demonstration. ""This work has been ongoing for some time and now appears close to bearing fruit,"" stated company President, Roger McCombs. ""This development comes at an ideal time because many states are focusing on wind generation technologies. We believe ours may represent a significant increase in efficiency, combined with a power storage component that may be exactly what the market needs.""

The proposed wind generator would be in the range of 300 feet in diameter and 50 to 60 feet tall. Because of the frictionless motion of the turbines, there are no wearing parts and the composite materials make it resistant to harsh outdoor environments. It has the potential to generate multi- megawatts of clean power, will start-up with low wind speeds and run throughout a wide range of high wind conditions. The production model will have the ability to store up to 30% of its capacity so that the stored energy can be delivered during times of peak load demand. Its design is both aesthetically and environmentally acceptable and will drastically cut the high cost of maintenance that has plagued conventional wind generation units.

Company officials indicated that talks are currently underway with prospective partners to obtain necessary funding. The company expects to produce the components in Richland, Washington.






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