Today, Dick Wilson, CEO of VMT Technologies took the podium after a lead in from a Novell VP to announce the world’s first continuously variable transmission (CVT) for wind power application. Positioned as “infinitely variable” (IVT) covering a 30 gear range for vehicles. Mr Wilson said one car manufacturer has anted up $1M for a automotive prototype. As exciting as that news, the news conference quickly went to wind turbine technology.
Mr Wilson positioned VMT’s wind turbine transmission has the power to reverse the loss of U.S. leadership in the wind power space. Although dozens of gigawatts of wind power sites are under construction, wind is losing ground on a cost/kW basis. The VMT technology has the power, according to Wilson, to put wind energy back in the game.
Current gear boxes in wind turbines are a source of high maintenance costs for the industry. VMT promises to greatly reduce these costs and improve “up time” for turbines collecting wind for power.
Gary Lee, the actual inventor of the VMT technology, went through the details of how it works. Couched as “infinitely variable” as opposed to a finite number of gears, the VMT technology promised to increase the efficiency of turbines constantly stressed by changing wind conditions.
In my work in clean tech PR, I’ve seen few technologies that are more exciting for the potential wins for people, planet, & profits–the triple bottom line of cleantech.Share