The magnetic-levitation wind turbine
Maglev Wind Turbine Technologies (MWTT), a developer and manufacturer of magnetically levitated commercial wind turbines, has officially begun operations.
According to the Sierra Vista, Ariz.-headquartered company, with the use of magnetic levitation turbine technology, the wind turbine floats on a magnetic cushion and incorporates a linear synchronous motor. MWTT says that because the lack of friction allows for increased wind capture, users can generate electricity for less than $0.01 per kWh.
The company is headed by Ed Mazur, a researcher of variable renewable energy sources since 1981.
Chinese developers unveiled last year the world´s first full-permanent magnetic levitation wind power generator at the Wind Power Asia Exhibition 2006.