Published: 13 March 2011 13 March 2011
Sauer Energy, Inc. (SEI), a developer of home and enterprise scale vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) systems, has announced that it has scheduled the Sauer wind turbine for formal wind tunnel testing later this month.
The Company has contracted with the University of Washington Aeronautical Laboratory (UWAL) in Seattle, Washington, to conduct wind tunnel testing of its home and small and mid-size enterprise pre-production model. Sauer Energy's goal is to obtain various test measurement data for the final production iteration of its turbine with emphasis on the power curve. Upon analysis of this data, SEI engineers will be able to further refine the design, minimize drag and improve laminar flows to increase the power curve as well as evaluate and select the optimal generator and other components. Following completion of wind tunnel testing, to include any additional testing of any modification, the company plans to submit its design to the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC).