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ACTS Home Education Cooperative
Charlottesville, Va.
Wind turbine for traffic airflow capture


The ACTS Home Education Cooperative InvenTeam invented a vertical axis shear wind turbine to capture energy from traffic airflow to produce renewable energy for municipalities. The design considers line-of-sight and safety in choice of size and materials. A small, low profile design keeps the target price for the end user at $50 per turbine, independent of motor and energy storage costs. Electricity cost savings is estimated at $40 per turbine per year using a minimum target production of 50 watts. The alpha prototype cost $6,000 to fabricate.