© Grady Koch 2019
Grady Koch and Elias KochLEGO Wind Energyhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-4439-5_10

10. A Pneumatic Generator

Grady Koch1  and Elias Koch2
(1)
Yorktown, VA, USA
(2)
Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 

The turbines built in earlier chapters, and indeed almost all turbines, are based on producing electrical energy. But energy can also be produced and stored in the form of compressed air. This pneumatic generator involves using the rotating shaft of the turbine rotor to drive an air pump. Instead of a battery, energy from the turbine is stored in an air tank.

Design of the Pneumatic Turbine

The pneumatic turbine shown in Figure 10-1 features the same blades, rotor, and pedestal used in earlier chapters. But the generator ...

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