New Wind Turbine Enables Higher Altitude Operations

July 2022

A 92-year-old retired mechanical engineer from Leipzig in Saxony has designed a novel wind turbine that experts say could generate up to 200 percent more electricity than conventional ones.

The most striking difference is that the turbine is mounted atop a tripod rather than a pillar. Furthermore, instead of having a single generator in the nacelle behind the hub and blades, Horst Bendix’s design has multiple ones in the base. That makes his turbine more stable, allowing it to operate at higher elevations where wind speeds are greater and more constant.

The idea is patented and Bendix hopes a full-scale prototype will be built.

Retired engineer Horst Bendix has designed taller, tripod-based turbines for use in the highest wind-speed areas. © SPRIND GmbH