Hi-Q Rotor - In Development
Hi-Q Products, Inc. Alhambra CA, was awarded a grant from the
California Energy Commission to develop "cutting-edge research projects"
funded by the Public Interest Energy (PIER) Program. Research and
development continued with grant funding awarded under the Department of
Energy's INVENTIONS & INNOVATIONS program.
The Hi-Q Rotor is a new kind of rotor for wind turbines that is stronger
and more stable than conventional 3-blade windmill rotors. As a device
“that spins with the slightest flow of air,” the invention is targeted
for harvesting wind in low wind sites, Class 2, 3, and 4,and has
application in areas that are closer to cities, or “load centers.”
Another advantage of the Hi-Q Rotor is that the rotor has
non-conventional blade tips and uniquely “organizes wind flow,” thus it
produces little air turbulence (vortices), and is quieter than standard
wind turbine blades.