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March 23, 2009
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Charles Codding Jr. (left) and senior Jared Voldness with the first of two wind turbines featuring an especially powerful and low-cost generator for its size

Charles Codding Jr. (left) and senior Jared Voldness with the first of two wind turbines featuring an especially powerful and low-cost generator for its size

More efficient power-producing generator developed at BGSU

BGSU faculty and student researchers are building a better mousetrap—one that produces electricity.

Now they’re planning to pursue a patent and conduct more testing in hopes that their wind-turbine generator can be commercialized.

The generator is unique because, with fewer moving parts and less weight, it produces more power with smaller investment. For wind-turbine applications, the BGSU design allows for the possibility of multiple generators to be coupled, offering the advantage of harnessing the power from various size blades to meet various power needs.  Controlled experiments have shown that for its size, the generator can produce roughly double the output of the common home-built generator of comparable size at less cost, according to Charles Codding Jr., technology systems.
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