Q&A: Can wind Turbines position itself to receive winds from any direction? 10pts?

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Can wind Turbines position itself to receive winds from any direction? 10pts?
For example, if a wind turbine is facing North, and wind travels from the east, is it able to swivel 90 degrees to receive this wind?

How am I able to know this If I want to buy one, this one for example:

http://www.energymatters.com.au/proven-6-300volt-6000watt-wind-turbine-with-9m-tower-kit-p-1399.html

Best answer:

Answer by iceman
Wind direction:
This is an "upwind" turbine, so-called because it operates facing into the wind. Other turbines are designed to run "downwind," facing away from the wind.
Wind vane:
Measures wind direction and communicates with the yaw drive to orient the turbine properly with respect to the wind.
Yaw drive:
Upwind turbines face into the wind; the yaw drive is used to keep the rotor facing into the wind as the wind direction changes. Downwind turbines don't require a yaw drive, the wind blows the rotor downwind.
Yaw motor:
Powers the yaw drive.

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One Response to Q&A: Can wind Turbines position itself to receive winds from any direction? 10pts?

  1. frediwhite@verizon.net

    The Savonius rotor is direction-free and does not need to be steered, but it is not as efficient as some other types. Large turbines nowadays are often of the ‘egg-beater’ type, which have better efficienty. They are also unsteered.

    The most common bladed turbines do require orientation, which they accomplish with computers.

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