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Lux Wind Power's Six-Bladed Vertical Axis Turbine
Winner of the 2013 Create the Future Design Contest's Sustainable Technologies Category.

The Lux Wind Turbine, a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT), rotates around a vertical axis and does not require a tower or central column - lowering the total weight to less than half of the conventional turbines. This innovative design uses six blades, which are connected to a hub at the top and bottom of the rotor. The blades are also supported with cross cables running from blade to blade, forming a hexagon. Although the cross cables create aerodynamic drag, the power reduction is compensated by increasing the diameter and height by only 2.5%.
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